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Rising through 
chipped paint, rusty doors 
stained steel, and cracked floors, 
a black rose 
rose for an encore.
Rooted by tears of spilled dreams, 
and the soil of being deemed 
unenviable for life’s theme; 
yet, blossomed, a rose has risen. 
Nurtured by the rays of hope on the horizon, 
a fellow petal’s guidance, 
and the pose of nature’s elegance. 
Such beauty, through concrete and steel,
a black rose is living 
in spite of existing.

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Black Rose