Poetry Corner-Complimentary Thorns

Complimentary Thorns

Compliments are like roses,
Lovely and wonderful to receive.
But their beauty hides their thorns,
Deep beneath their leaves.
Sharp and cutting barbs
Disguised as “buts” and “ifs”
Their unexpected sting
Tarnishes the gift.

One day I hope to take one
and admire it for what it is,
And trust there are no thorns
To tear at me apart instead.

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