Greater Days- The Rose

In the sixth grade I had the most amazing English teacher. She was strict, but funny. She had a time to play and laugh, but what I admire most about this teacher was her willingness to ignore the state methods and find her own way of teaching. Since most of us were not taught grammar, she made it her duty to teach us it no matter how much we complained. She cared much less about our wants and much more about our needs to be successful. Now, there were many students who did not like her and that really got me upset because I felt that she was so great. I understand now, many of them were not use to having someone believe in them.

My favorite time of this class was obviously the creative writing month, April. I remember walking into the class and being given two poems. Although I cant tell you one of the poems, the other poem, I have not forgotten since that day. It reminds me that life is too short, risk are important, and success comes to those of us who try. Recently, I realized that I have not been reading lines to a poem, but lyrics to Bette Midler’s song The Rose. Although I cannot bring myself to listen to the song, I cannot stop reading the lyrics because they give me hope, inspiration, courage, and belief to greater days.

Some say love, it is a river
That drowns the tender reed
Some say love, it is a razor
That leaves your soul to bleed

Some say love, it is a hunger
An endless aching need
I say love, it is a flower
And you, its only seed

It’s the heart afraid of breaking
That never learns to dance
It’s the dream afraid of waking
That never takes the chance

It’s the one who won’t be taking
Who cannot seem to give
And the soul, afraid of dyin’
That never learns to live

When the night has been too lonely
And the road has been too long
That you think that love is only
For the lucky and the strong

Just remember in the winter
Far beneath the bitter snows
Lies the seed that with the sun’s love
In the spring becomes the rose


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