Never Say Die

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~ Ornamental flowers and Dandelion weeds in the same yard ~

 

Never Say Die

Soaked alike in golden sun
Who looks better?
the flowers or the weeds
the accepted or the rejected
the adored or the detested

Side-by-side in their race
for life. Who wins better?
the docile or the aggressive
the frail or the hardy
the shy or the pushy

Hated by the natives, the
resilient all-pervading wilds
stay on, though stomped and razed
shine on, with their heads raised
Indefatigable and unrelenting
thick-skinned stubborns, absorb
nicks and kicks, to unashamedly
survive and thrive; never say die

©2016 Alka

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For: The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge Opposites

20 thoughts on “Never Say Die

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  3. Beautiful contrast between the flowers and weeds, Alka. You really brought them to life in your words in this poem. How true that we despise weeds in our yard, “stay on, though stomped and razed” as you mentioned. No matter how often we cut them down and trample all over them like they mean nothing to us, weeds will grow back.

    That sort of reminded me of the time when I was young and living in the suburbs in Melbourne. Dad always mowed our lawn once every two weeks in the summer to keep the weeds at bay. It is like a competition as you said – dad never seemed to win, taming the weeds always on his mind back then 😀

    If tamed and kept up, weed can be lovely. A patch of trimmed grass is lovely to look at and lovely to run on too. And yet…they will still grow no matter what we do to them. We can learn from this: things can be tamed and control but they will still show their own personality. In a sense, if we be ourselves and work at what we want to achieve, maybe we will come out on tops some day 😀

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    • Thanks Mabel for liking the poem and sharing your experince! Like your family, we too mow the lawn once a fortnight or so. It had been raining heavily for a few days, grass was overgrown, sun finally came out but lawn mowing is generally not possible when ground was still wet. All that meant flowers were loving the sun but so were the tiny sparkling weed-flowers that showed face. That’s when I clicked this picture 🙂

      Generally, weeds are despised beings. I presented them as ‘heroes’ due to their admirable resilience.
      Nature has a lesson for us at every step.Competition is within nature itself. Weeds compete with other flowers and with green grass…for soil, nutrition, air and sun…and have an edge over delicate plants, for they are born sturdy and have better survival.
      I like this part: ‘things can be tamed and control but they will still show their own personality.’ That’s what it is. Weeds have that inborn nature. We call them intrusive but that’s what they are…meant to grow. Yes, if we too stay natural, be ourselves, and work our best…nothing can stop us. That is why it is important to know ourselves.

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      • I love how you say it in the last paragraph in our comment. “if we too stay natural, be ourselves, and work our best…nothing can stop us” Nature changes ever so often and waits for no one to tell it to show itself…it does this whenever, wherever. We can learn a lot from this. Thanks for inspiring, Alka 🙂

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  6. Alka, I like your innovative styles of experimenting with poetry! 🙂
    Weeds and flowers convey a profound lesson…co-existence! Mother Nature’s love is wonderful.

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    • Thanks Balroop! It was supposed to be a picture with a three-line haiku but it shaped into something else. True…flowers and weeds do not seem to have problem with each other. We humans, as per our needs, decide what is good in nature and what is not.

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