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The Bitter Rose

A bitter rose talks to a chatty bee

By J. JayPublished 2 months ago 1 min read
Top Story - October 2023
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Once, there was a bitter Rose in bitter soil. She wilted and festered in that bitterness day and night.

One afternoon, a Bee came bumbling along and asked the Rose, “Are you happy in that bitter soil, bitter Rose?”

The Rose snapped, “Of course not! Who would be happy in bitter soil?”

The Bee fluffed itself indignantly at the Rose’s tone. “Why not try moving to the meadow over there?” He pointed his stinger at a beautiful meadow.

“I can’t just get up and fly over there like you can, Bee.” The Rose complained. “My roots go too deep!”

“You can just grow over there a little at a time.”

“That’s impossible.”

“Have you ever tried?” The Bee asked. Without another word, he zipped off on his merry way.

The Rose sat there deep in thought, still soaking in bitterness.

Time slid by, and the Rose began shifting her roots toward the meadow. She griped and grumbled, pouted and sighed, but never did she cease her agonizing journey.

One day, the Rose realized her petals had bloomed into a radiant spiral, and was surprised to find herself in the meadow. The Bee from before zipped up and buzzed congratulatory circles around her.

“Ha! I knew you could grow over here if you tried! Do you like this soil?” the Bee asked.

“Yes, but I’m used to the taste of bitter soil.”

“Are you happier?”

“Yes, I suppose.”

“Then get used to this taste instead,” the Bee said.

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J. Jay

I like to share my art and writings, whether it's silly or serious. I'll also feature a comic I work on called Writing Whoas, which is about the joys and hardships of being a writer. Stick around to laugh or cry.

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  • StoryholicFinds2 months ago

    Great story! ❤️

  • Jasmine Aguilar2 months ago

    What a great story with a lesson learned!

  • Mackenzie Davis2 months ago

    Ooh, an allegory! I want to read more of these from you. This is sweet, but runs deep, like the rose's roots. I hope to heed this story going forward. Bitterness yields bitter fruits. Fantastic.

  • Cathy holmes2 months ago

    Congrats on the TS.

  • MD Abdur Rajjak2 months ago

    good job

  • Joelle E🌙2 months ago

    Thank you 💕

  • Hannah Moore2 months ago

    Fabulous. A beautiful allegory, easy to take to the heart.

  • Grz Colm2 months ago

    Lots of parallels here J. Loved this and the message. Excellent job! ☺️👏👏

  • Cathy holmes2 months ago

    Yeah. Change can be hard, even when it's better. Well done.

  • Nice piece📝✌️💖

  • Alex H Mittelman 2 months ago

    Wow! Great work! Nicely done! ❤️💜💙

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