By Demond A. Jackson

Isn’t it funny how certain people, places and things can effect our lives. How those same things have an uncanny was of inspiring us by one means or another. I’m saying this because a few days ago I saw the Oscar nominated film ‘Fences’ staring and directed by Denzel Washington. The messages and symbolisms were so profound, that I can’t seem to get the movie off my mind even though I was only able to see it once. The story line, cinematography and its hidden jewel have been imprinted on my mind.

Yet there’s a scene in the movie that shook me to my core, touched me and the men amongst me the other day in an emotional, spiritual and intellectual way that few men would admit or comprehended. The scene I’m talking about is the scene were Rose goes to her husband job asking him to come home, days after he has admitted to her, that he’s been having an affair and has a baby on the way. Rose explains to her husband, how she sacrifice her life, her dreams and potential for more…just to be her husbands wife. How no matter what came her way, regardless of her personal desires she maintained her committed to her vows for better or for worse. By simply holding on tighter to her man.

My heart went out to Rose, which caused me to think about all the women I know like Rose…past and present.

Where would mankind be without the Roses? Those sweet, fragrant, strong being who love and protect the men in their lives with their hearts and soul against surmountable odds… Those women with character and integrity that can’t be measured by beauty or success… The worth of these women, must be weighed by their sacrifice and willingness to go to no end for their people and loveone’s.

Fearless queens, the wives and mother’s of imperfect kings. Who deserves mankind’s… all., before we allow them to fall.
Once upon a time Rose’s were a dime a dozen. In this day and age they are to far and few in between. I’ve heard stories where men like myself found a Rose growing through concrete. Now day’s you’ll be lucky to find a true Rose in a rose garden.

Far to many women these days have been tainted by the pesticides I call social media, masculinity and materialism. But for those rare %100 Rose’s. I salute you, I prays you and I apologize for all the things your ex-man has done, the inconsiderate non-sense men like myself have done and our failure to treat you like you deserve to be treated.

That being the case, brother’s let’s start being mindful of who we are with, the woman’s worth and the Rose our mother’s and sister represent. Let us hold them tighter when disloyalty, selfishness and lack of honor crosses our mind. Let’s celebrate their worth, knowing that they have sacrifice so much in order to be there for us and with us. When other’s have left us astray.
My Mother once told me “a hoe will make love to you before she feeds you…” So best believe you can get sex from any woman, but a woman who loves you is concerned first with “Have you ate or not.”

Are you a Rose? Dear bother do have a Rose in your life? Or is she just a Daffodil blowing in the wind today and gone tomorrow?
The movie ‘Fences’ inspired these words, reminded me that I need to be thankful and more appreciative of the Rose’s, sharing what I’d personally got from the movie and recommending to all those who haven’t had a chance to see the film to go see it.
God Bless the Rose’s and may you all continue to grow no matter the weather.

Demond Jackson
As you can see my name is Demond Andrae Jackson. My comrades and Love one's call me D-jay. I'm the co-founder of Convicted Soap Box, and the MENSTOP!/GIRL...STOP! re-entry programs. I consider myself a literary artist, be it poetry, editorials, composition, music or screenplays "My my power and words are my weapons..."
I'm the son of an African American queen, born and raised in Los Angeles California, where I was groomed in its infectious gang culture. For the past decade and half, the federal Bureau of Prison has been a institution of self-education, self-evaluation and the reason I now possess knowledge of self. That being so, I now strive to expose the solution to the problems that our plaguing our communities, America's youth and this country as a whole. There's a saying: "There's nothing new up under the sun." Simply put, if there's one thing in this universe existence, that has seen all thing that mankind has done or not done, it is the sun. That means the moral dissension that taking place currently is nothing new. Historian have written about times where the moral fabric of a nation was so tattered where the only solution for change was war a destruction. This country was built and establish to be the nation it is today. By the disenfranchised, those who were being oppressed by the Queen and her fellow Aristocrats. Therefore if this country is to change once again for the better. It will begin and must begin with the actions and the voice of the disenfranchised i.e, America's minorities, poor and it's third class citizen the American Ex-felon. That being said I'm committed to "WRITING MY WRONGS..." and sewing seed of knowledge and truth that will blossom into peace, prosperity and positive change

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