picked frequently for an array of reasons.
If not careful,
its thorns will pierce through the skin of the holder --
only a strong individual can withstand its sting.
One can appreciate its beauty,
with its many sizes and colors,
diverse in many ways.
It prospers and prevails to bloom;
only if taken care of.
But, if neglected,
it ceases to thrive and falters,
crumbling beneath the most fragile hands.
Given to various people such as mothers, friends, and lovers,
the rose is always present,
always shared, always admired.
a rose is a delicate thing.
Courtney Mansell is a high school senior in Redmond, Oregon. She had studied in the international baccalaureate program, along with participating in several extra-curricular activities including theatre and music. She especially enjoys writing and creating music and art. Although very active in the arts, she is going to be attending the Oregon Institute of technology to pursue a career in the health field.