The devotion of the thorn

“You’re ugly,” The rose wrinkled her pretty petals in disdain and glared at the wistful thorn but a few centimeters away,” Your ugliness dulls my beauty; your forlornness my carnation and even after a lifetime of rebuke and abuse, you still persist in your  attentions towards me?”

The thorn made to protest, but under the annoyed gaze of the regal flower, merely stammered and fell silent; the rose seizing the chance, went on with her tirade.

“It is an insult to my beauty that such scum as you should linger around me; but I  bear, I tolerate your odious presence in my space; alas! was it not for my generosity I would have long ago gotten rid of you – yet, your boldness surprises me; your sneaking, jealousy-borne habits of drawing blood from the fingers of my admirers … makes me so angry that I wish I could have been as cruel as the leaf that flicks away the caressing dewdrop once the sun rises to its full majesty!” The rose continued to gesticulate fiercely; alternatively clutching her petals in a tight huddle and letting go in an angry flourish.

The thorn listened. And listened.

He knew the reproaches would soon come to an end.

“Why can you not stay away!?” The rose finally shouted  and huffing loudly, turned her back to the thorn; as if his very countenance was offensive to her highness.

And, at the very moment, when she turned her back, he whispered in a voice that even the most flamboyant critic would not have considered devoid of utmost devotion:

“For the sake of protecting you from those that ever yearn to ruin you.”


A fellow blogger, Khanum has written a beautiful response to this: The devotion of  rose. Check it out!

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20 thoughts on “The devotion of the thorn

  1. Khanum says:

    This is….uttery…beautiful!!!
    “For the sake of protecting you from those that ever yearn to ruin you.”
    JazakAllah for writing such a good piece.

  2. Hira says:

    beautiful post!!!
    The concept is intriguing dat rose rebukes the thorn lyk dat considering d thorn is part of the rose bush. With the same root. Guess dat means rose shows more den the 1 reality dat I mentioned b4!
    keep it up! =)
    n b more active!!!! :p

    • Anas Shafqat says:

      Thank you 🙂 I’m really considering to write rose’s POV now 😛
      Haha, I would try to be more active 🙂

      • Khanum says:

        oops. Anas. I am so sorry I have already written Rose’s POV as I promised. Buh u have the right to re write it and perhaps 3rd part of this convo too. It wud b interesting bro!

        • Anas Shafqat says:

          Hey, no worries! 😀 You’ve written such a beautiful response and it has inspired me so much that in a few days, third response would surely come! 😀

  3. Hira says:

    rose is POV b4 or aftr dis convo wid d thorn? 😛

  4. Asma says:

    u beautifully expressed the underlying reason:) though do write the other side of story:P

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