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How the Spider Mum flower thrives:a sonnet on overcoming obstacles

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The Spider Mum (known as the football mum), with its hooked end, is a member of the chrysanthemum family. A hardy flower, it retains its blossoms long after they have been cut. They have come to represent different things in different countries. In Japan, they represent happiness. In both Japan and China, they represent nobility and the royal family.

One of the qualities that the spider mum has, and is seldom mentioned, is its quality of resilience. Its many florets or little blossoms within still bloom after the flower's stem has been removed from its roots.

Like this hardy little flower, we face tough times. We can move on with a little patience, determination, courage and a little faith in yourself.

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How should we overcome obstacles?

Growing, reaching, hooked stem so robust;

Able to withstand the throes of harsher climes

To thrive despite the withering hands of Father Time

Not inclined to fade with drying blows of heated dust

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Its green petals flower with calming patience,

blossom after lengthy, timely wait;

gracious poise, this flower’s humble trait

springs upward, gentle yet with tough forbearance

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Stems move toward the sunlight, persevering

Leaves of courage bound forth now, and grow;

Roots of firmness, secure unto the earth

Faith in its own blooming it does show

Gentle pride in its blossoms so endearing.

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When we go through the tough times, remember this flower, which strives to survive no matter how hard it is.

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Comments

Michelle Liew (author) from Singapore on May 14, 2013:

Thanks, Phillydreamer!

Jose Velasquez from Lodi, New Jersey on May 14, 2013:

I love how you made the connection between this flower and life.

Michelle Liew (author) from Singapore on April 07, 2013:

Thanks, Nithya

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on April 07, 2013:

A beautiful sonnet and an inspiring portrayal of a flower. Enjoyed reading and voted up.

Michelle Liew (author) from Singapore on March 03, 2013:

Thanks so much, Bake Like A Pro! Glad you liked the poem and photos!

Bake Like a Pro on March 03, 2013:

Great hub midget38. What a beautiful way of getting the message across. I love flowers and nature and enjoyed your poem very much along with the beautiful images. Voted up and sharing.

Michelle Liew (author) from Singapore on February 02, 2013:

Thanks, Jhamann!

Michelle Liew (author) from Singapore on February 02, 2013:

Thanks, Jhamann!

Michelle Liew (author) from Singapore on February 02, 2013:

Thanks, Dana! That's the great thing about these...because they last, and are so pretty...so they make a perfect gift, much better than roses. Thanks for sharing!

Michelle Liew (author) from Singapore on February 02, 2013:

Thanks, Vinaya, glad you enjoyed it!

Michelle Liew (author) from Singapore on February 02, 2013:

Yes, this is definitely one of those flowers, Mary! Thanks for sharing!!

Michelle Liew (author) from Singapore on February 02, 2013:

Glad you enjoyed the video...couldn't resist putting it in when I saw it, because it connected so well with the hub. This flower certainly teaches us much! Thanks for sharing!

Michelle Liew (author) from Singapore on February 02, 2013:

Yes, amazing what a tiny flower can teach us! Thanks, Valley!

Michelle Liew (author) from Singapore on February 02, 2013:

Thanks, Nancy1

Jamie Lee Hamann from Reno NV on February 01, 2013:

What an excellent sonnet and a beautiful hub. Congratulations. Jamie

Dana Strang from Ohio on February 01, 2013:

Lovely sonnet! I like it very much

And I was so glad to learn about the spider mum. I am ver familiar with that flower. The florist always put them in the fresh cut bouquets for the cemetery, because they lasted so long and they are so big a beautiful. I never knew what they are called... thanks. :)

Vinaya Ghimire from Nepal on February 01, 2013:

I love reading different poetry forms. This one is profound and beautiful.

Mary Hyatt from Florida on February 01, 2013:

I really enjoyed reading this. Some flowers amaze me in their ability to adjust no matter where you plant them or care for them. I loved the video you chose of the Penquins; adorable!

Voted UP, etc. and shared. Oh, I Pinned and Twitted, too.

Michelle Liew (author) from Singapore on February 01, 2013:

Yes Yravmaj, nature teaches us much! Thanks for sharing!

Michelle Liew (author) from Singapore on February 01, 2013:

Hi Jo, thank you!

Michelle Liew (author) from Singapore on February 01, 2013:

Indeed, if a lovely flower can, so can we. Thanks, Nell!

Michelle Liew (author) from Singapore on February 01, 2013:

Thanks, Eddy!

Kathi Mirto from Fennville on January 31, 2013:

The penguin video was so darn cute. I enjoyed how you used the the spider mum as a comparison for people to get through hard times! I found it inspiring! Kathi :O)

Valleypoet on January 31, 2013:

Michelle...I could, at times, certainly learn a thing or two from this flower...will have to keep it in mind...inspirational work, thank you:-))

Nancy Yager from Hamburg, New York on January 31, 2013:

Your choice of beautiful pictures really go along with the message of the poem.

travmaj from australia on January 30, 2013:

This is lovely and so meaningful. A beautiful interpretation of a flower and what we can learn. Always so much we can learn from nature. Thank you for this.

Michelle Liew (author) from Singapore on January 30, 2013:

Yes, we need some positivity! Thanks Audrey!

Michelle Liew (author) from Singapore on January 30, 2013:

Yes indeed, Bill!

Michelle Liew (author) from Singapore on January 30, 2013:

Glad you enjoyed it, Sunshine!

Michelle Liew (author) from Singapore on January 30, 2013:

Thanks, bizarett!

Michelle Liew (author) from Singapore on January 30, 2013:

Hi Natasha! Thank you! Nature indeed teaches us much. Thanks for sharing!

Michelle Liew (author) from Singapore on January 30, 2013:

Glad that it was balanced that way! Thanks for sharing, Mary!

Michelle Liew (author) from Singapore on January 30, 2013:

Thanks Carol, glad that it made your day, and blessings for awesome days ahead!

Jo Alexis-Hagues from Lincolnshire, U.K on January 30, 2013:

A thoroughly beautiful hub, great images, loved the poems.

My best to you.

Jo

Nell Rose from England on January 30, 2013:

Beautiful poem midget, and so true. If a lovely flower can do it, so can we! voted up and shared! nell

Eiddwen from Wales on January 30, 2013:

Wonderful poetry and beautiful; images.

A sure combination for a winner.

Thanks for sharing this gem and have a wonderful day Michelle.

Eddy.

Audrey Howitt from California on January 30, 2013:

This picture drew me in--good words for me to hear today! Thank you!!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on January 30, 2013:

What a beautiful flower and what a lovely metaphor. Well done, Michelle. Nature provides us with so many lessons if we are willing to learn.

Michelle Liew (author) from Singapore on January 30, 2013:

Thanks, Penny for the input on the Yamatos. It's interesting how the chrysanthemum is always a flower which symbolizes royalty! Thanks for sharing!

Lucille Apcar from Mariposa, California, U.S.A. on January 30, 2013:

Mostly cultivated in beautiful ceramic pots, the Chrysanthemum is the symbol of the Yamato Dynasty royal family. The 16 petal mum, either embroidered or woven into the kimono fabric designates a member of the Imperial family, for each of those removed from immediate relationship a petal is removed. Some have five petals, six, seven, etc. The kimonos are invariably black with the emblem appearing on the back and on the "tamato" or sleeve. The earlier dynasty, that of the Tokugawa era used the hollyhock emblem.

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on January 30, 2013:

Michelle, I enjoyed learning about the Spider Mum which by way is a unique and beautiful flower. Your sonnet is awesome. I talk to loved ones or walk, listen to music, exercise and if all else fails I scream, luckily that rarely happen :)

Elizabeth Barrett Kearney from Maine on January 30, 2013:

Beautiful poem and message. Looking forward to browsing your work!

Natasha from Hawaii on January 30, 2013:

What a cool looking flower! I didn't realize those flowers were a variety of mum. It is absolutely amazing how such a fragile-looking thing can have such resilience.

Mary Craig from New York on January 30, 2013:

I have to agree with Carol and Janine, this was a great way to start my day. Your sonnet is so "robust" and yet calming. You pictures are lovely and the video is too cute!

Voted up, useful, and awesome.

Janine Huldie from New York, New York on January 30, 2013:

Truly a wonderful wakeup this morning and great lesson about looking towards the flower for inspiration. Thanks Michelle and of course I voted up and shared, too!!

carol stanley from Arizona on January 30, 2013:

a lovely way to start my day....especially since I woke up feeling a bit out of sorts. Thank you.

Michelle Liew (author) from Singapore on January 30, 2013:

A sonnet on overcoming obstacles.

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