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A Rose Cut Short
"The Rose That Grew From Concrete" is a collection of poems written by Tupac when he was in a writing group between 1989 and 1991, long before he was well-known. Much of the work is reproduced so the reader can see Tupac's handwriting, doodles, creative spelling and affection for ideographs (aka drawing rather than writing out a "2" for "to").
Did you hear about the rose that grew from a crack
In the concrete
Proving nature's law wrong it learned 2 walk
without having feet
Funny it seems but by keeping it dreams
It learned 2 breathe fresh air
Long live the rose that grew from concrete
When no one even cared!