Wow. I shouldn’t be surprised that I was so moved by this little book of poems. It’s real; raw beauty in written form.

I don’t actually read that much poetry. It’s simply not for me. I’m too literal of a reader. “Just tell me what you’re saying” was my most frequent outburst when I read Shakespeare’s sonnets. My bff loves poetry though. So any poetry I’ve read this year is all her doing. I had been meaning to read this book for a while and I’m so glad I finally did. 

We all know who Tupac was. I think we’re all familiar with his story. As a 90’s baby I know the impact his music had, and continues to have on generations of people. I also know the characterization that the media frequently portrayed and still portrays of this young man was/is completely wrong. 

To read these poems, is to get a peek at an incredibly talented and sensitive soul. These poems are real. Really real. They delve into some topics that are unfortunately still relevant today. And this last poem. Buckets of tears. Buckets.

16 thoughts on “The Rose That Grew From Concrete by Tupac Amaru Shakur

  1. Wow, the ones you posted are simple yet deep. Like you, I don’t have much patience for reading poetry, but these were touching! Thanks for posting them, Suziey. Especially love the phrase “young heart with an old soul.”

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  2. I want to push this up on my TBR and read this soon. I love how he talks about old soul and young at heart, and possessing two hearts, yet still feeling lonely and craving acceptance but still not willing to compromise his values. I don’t know if it’s a gemini thing, and yeah, I’m going into astrology, but his thoughts and feelings are so relatable. Screw the reputation the media built of him, he was a realist and an idealist and a great role model too. He will always be THE rapper for me.

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  3. I love poetry! ❤ I'll have to add this one to my TBR but adding to TBR and actually reading are two different things and I hope I could read it soon.
    And Shakespeare sonnets are my favourite! Although, I have to admit they are a little difficult to understand most of the times!

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