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Drooping Rose

A Poem on Responding When Being Mistreated

By Michelle LiewPublished 5 months ago 1 min read
Drooping Rose
Photo by Giulia Bertelli on Unsplash

if I were to ask you if you've been misunderstood  before, you would say yes without a doubt. Why? You're a human being. All of us would have been misunderstood or abused to some degree. 

We should never condone mistreatment, but we should respond to it in a positive manner. Were we being misunderstood? Was the person who mistreated us in a bad mood that spilt over into his or her relationship with you? Responding with some empathy goes some way to halting the mistreatment. Escalating it in such circumstances merely ruins what otherwise is probably a healthy relationship. 

When mistreatment causes a rose to droop, ressurect it by being calm. Clarify the person's intentions, take some time to listen to his frustration, and offer a little empathy. The rose will lift its head again.

Enjoy these free verses.

Drooping rose

Red colour fades

Drained by rigour


Drooping rose

Can stand again

In waters pristine


Drooping rose

Rises when

It knows why

Its lovely petals


Rose retains

Red blush

With water kind

On its roots

Rose keeps

Red hue 

With heed paid 

to misshappen



About the Creator

Michelle Liew

Hi, i am an English Language teacher cum freelance writer with a taste for pets, prose and poetry. When I'm not writing my heart out, I'm playing with my three dogs, Zorra, Cloudy and Snowball.

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  • Test5 months ago

    . Interesting article! I love it!

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