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Topic: Peer Pressure (07/05/04)
TITLE: You Can't Force A Rose
By Linda C. Smith
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My heart breaks to think of her trying so hard to fit in. Snubbed until last by teammates wanting desperately to win. Free time games resembled adding injury to insult. Clumsiness plagued her actions, making her feel like a dolt. Is it any wonder she felt so unwanted, alone? Years later, just thinking of her anguish, still makes me groan!
All the way through high school, she watched as her classmates had fun. No one really noticed the longing in her eyes. Not one! The only times she felt carefree was away from her school. She remained quite plain and plump, but friendly camp kids were cool. Appearance wasnít as important there at the campground. Folks on vacation were eager to make new friends, she found.
The girl left behind her high school days of sadness and pain. Still longing for true love, but an education to gain. She knew she had so much to learn, her life was her teacher. All put in proper perspective by a godly preacher, she learned that you canít force a rose to bloom before its time. Peer pressure and patience donít get along. They donít even rhyme!
As you can see, I just caved to peer pressure right here. Sinking further down the list with my poems, Ďtis clear. That is why this submission ďYou Canít Force a RoseĒ is really a poem masquerading as prose.