A/N: What do you think of when you think a rose? A beautiful flower? Love? Does anyone think of the other side: thorns, and the inevitable death of the short-lived flower? No, because we don't want to see that side, don't want to look past the beautiful petals and sweet smelling aroma on the outside. Rose's friends were like that too. Read this and see what happens when we don't look past the seemingly perfect exterior to the pain on the inside: the carefully hidden thorns.

Rose was a girl who as perfect at glance,

They all loved her humor, her singing, and dance.

But there is something more to this girl they don't know,

There's pain underneath that she doesn't let show.

Roses are perfect, roses mean love,

Roses were made up in Heaven above.

But roses will wilt and roses have thorns,

They're not as they seem, they are so much more.

Rose had it all, she was pretty and thin,

It wouldn't be Rose without her perfect grin.

At dance she excelled and in school she got A's,

She was always the lead in all the school plays.

Rose was the envy of her whole high school,

She was happy and perfect… She had her friends fooled.

No one saw past her mask of pure bliss,

Nobody noticed the scars on her wrist.

With her gorgeous looks and infinite friends,

Why did Rose want nothing but life to end?

What made this girl go and pick up that knife?

What made this "perfect" girl give up her life?

Roses are perfect, roses mean love,

Roses were made up in heaven above.

But roses will wilt and roses have thorns,

They're not as they seem but are so much more.

Pretty looks, lots of friends, straight A grades, perfect life,

She gave it all up when she picked up that knife.

They thought she was perfect but now they all mourn,

I guess that this rose had just hidden her thorns.

Don't think if you're perfect that you'll be the best,

Rose wanted so much to be just like the rest.

She could never act angry or God forbid cry,

Rose thought she had no other choice but to die.

Her family was broken, her friends were in tears,

Their Rose was not perfect, as she always appeared.

And that is why later, when they found her note,

They were shocked when they saw what their little girl wrote:

 "Don't think if I smile that I'm not in pain,

'cause even I laugh when I'm going insane.

Don't you be fooled by the mask that I wear,

Because even a 'perfect' girl needs love and care."

Roses are perfect, roses mean love,

Roses were made up in Heaven above.

But roses will wilt and roses have thorns

They're not as they seem, but are so much more.

A/N:  Remember this the next time you meet a "Rose."