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Topic: Peer Pressure (07/05/04)

TITLE: You Can't Force A Rose
By Linda C. Smith
07/06/04

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The girl was pudgy, ordinary, and not very bright. She withered in her seat, if her reply was not quite right. Her heart longed for acceptance, but no one seemed to care. Around her were girls who were petite with long, flowing hair. Her hair was always short, with tightly permed curls, mousy brown. Most of the time, her peers made her feel like a foolish clown.

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!

*Authorís note:
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.


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L.M. Lee07/09/04
Linda, this was so good. I was truly impressed with your wording...
Mary Elder-Criss07/12/04
Linda,

A great twist for this week's challenge. Enjoyed it very much!

Mary
Melanie Kerr 07/12/04
I never notices the poetry disguised as prose. The article reminded me of my school days. I had a longing to be popular but didn't have whatever made you that way.
Dave Wagner07/13/04
Excellent submission. I don't use that word lightly. Very nice, indeed.
Theresa Knight07/14/04
Good job Linda. I enjoyed it very much.
Marcell Billinghurst07/14/04
This story is so true of the struggles many peole feel in their longing ot be accepted for who they are. Well done.
Lynne Gaunt07/15/04
I enjoyed your story/poem. So sad that we can't make our kids understand that there is life after High School (or whatever their current state of misery). That perspective might help us all be more content with the present. Nice job!
Dona Rae Moore07/16/04
That was an interesting way to present poetry. Could it be that those who were so "popular" had as many insecurities as those standing on the outside looking in had? Would seem there was a lot of fear not accept others? God Bless, and thank you for sharing.