The Rose That Grew From the Tree


Beth Chvilicek


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When I saw this rose, I thought of Tupac Shakur's poem titled "The Rose That Grew From Concrete," a poem all about survival. “Did you hear about the rose that grew from a crack in the concrete? Proving nature's law is wrong it learned to walk with out having feet. Funny it seems, but by keeping its dreams, it learned to breathe fresh air. Long live the rose that grew from concrete when no one else ever cared.” Tupac's poem talks about how a rose that grew from the crack in the concrete overcomes all laws of nature; this is especially true in our neoliberal and capitalist society. Industrialization makes it so all beautiful plants are manufactured and planned meticulously. The rose in the picture and Tupac's poem truly makes me realize that to survive in the natural environment is an act of rebellion.

Theme: Nature and Survival: How is the natural environment a place of survival? How do you see resilience and survival in the outdoors?

Medium: Digital Photography.

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