Dear Rose

September 5, 2018

By Katherine Baker


Dear Rose,
Why do you quiver when the breeze brushes against your face?
Does the wind scare you?
You protect yourself with thorns, but why?
Is beauty so much a curse that you choose to hide?
Each time it is dark, you curl up;
the moon is not bright enough.
It doesn’t matter how many other flowers bloom;
you still feel alone.


Are you afraid to be beautiful?
You are beautiful.
God made you to be seen, glorifying beautiful.
Is that a curse?
Can you not see its worth?
Do you see nothing beautiful in you?


Pain makes blessings into curses and makes thorns grow with roses.
I wish it didn’t—
it shouldn’t—
that’s not its purpose, nor why God let it be.
For roses grow in ashes,
and once they open, no one stops to see the soot.
God doesn’t find dead embers in the dirt,
He sees roses where they bloom.


You are beautiful on the inside.
Your petals alone do not determine your worth.
When they fade, you do not;
you are not the sum of your color.
Shed the pain, let petals fall—
the beauty fades quickly anyway—
don’t worry, new flowers will take their place
much bolder than what you wore before.


Even when you feel your petals die, don’t fear;
the flowers grow back when the season changes.
It’s okay to shed them once,
but let them grow back,
for no loss or abuse will change your worth.
You make your Creator smile.


Dear Rose, there is no need for thorns;
the ashes at your feet need not scare you.
They are but reminders of who you were
before God made roses bloom,
before He purified your heart with holy fire.
Death brings life when God sows the seed.
The ash of one life makes you bloom.
God created roses.
He created you.


Katherine Baker loves to express the many thoughts and emotions she feels each day in the form of art. From music to poetry to stories to (depressingly amateur) drawing, she is always bubbling with an overflow of God-given imagination that she desires to share with everyone she meets. An overambitious free-spirit, she is always juggling her big ideas and her busy life. She will profess that every good thing she creates is not her own, but only possible through the finished work of her Savior, Jesus Christ.


  1. Jenna Terese

    I love this to bits! Such beautiful work. 🙂

    • Katherine Baker

      Thank you so much! That means a lot to me. 🙂

    • Katherine Baker

      Thank you! Glad you enjoyed it.

  2. Rachel Rogers

    Beautiful. This is one of those poems you pin to a corkboard where you can read it until you remember to believe it. <3

    • Katherine Baker

      Aww! I’m so glad it meant something to you.

  3. Cindy Green

    *whispers* This has got to be my favourite poem on the site yet. I am captivated by free verse that displays both structure and chaos tied together. Add a beautiful message like this one, and I’m in love. This is lovely, lovely work, Katherine! I hope you’ll bless us with more poetry in the future 🙂

    • Katherine Baker

      You are so sweet! Reading your poetry here inspired me to start writing again, so to hear you loved it so much is super encouraging.

  4. Jane Maree

    I have no words for my love for this poem. ❤

    • Katherine Baker

      You’re so sweet! I’m so glad you liked it so much.

  5. Libby

    Katherine, beautiful job! I loved the sweet simplicity of your writing and how touching it is. Wonderful, wonderful job!
    Also, I may be wrong, but I think I know you. Did you used to compete in speech and debate (Stoa)? I think I met you at Nitoc 2017. 😉
    At any rate, I think your poetry is beautiful and would love to see more!

    • Katherine Baker

      Thank you so much!
      Oh my goodness, yes I did! That would explain why I always thought your face looked so familiar. 🙂 Small world.
      Thank you!

  6. Emily D

    This is gorgeous, Katherine!

    • Katherine Baker

      Thank you so much! That’s very sweet of you

  7. Savannah Grace

    This was so lovely – wonderful job, Katherine! <3

    • Katherine Baker

      Aww! Thanks 🙂

  8. Sarah

    Thank you so much Katherine. I don’t even know what to say!

    So beautiful! So true! And something I need to remember. Very encouraging.

    May God Bless you soo much for reaching and touching my heart with this simple and yet precious truth!

    • Katherine Baker

      Aw! Thank you very much! That means a lot to me. 🙂

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