Date: 2017-05-19 11:56 pm (UTC)
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If you like "The Mountains of Mourning", you will adore "Barrayaran Roses" by Maureen O'Brien. This is a filk, and is unfortunately not available anywhere online that I can find (and the mp3 link in the blog post threw a malware warning), but here are the lyrics:

We are like the roses; we do not belong.
Fighting to survive, to stay alive, we must be strong
All our lives, beginning when we're born -
Because Barrayaran roses need their thorns.

We are like the roses, brought here by mistake,
Not supposed to be here; all you see here we were forced to make.
All that we have made, we mean to keep -
We are Barrayaran roses, rooted deep.

Barrayaran roses, hardy as a weed;
Handle us respectfully or else we'll make you bleed!
We were meant for gardens, behind stone walls to stay,
But sometimes garden roses grow away.

We are like the roses; cut us back, we grow.
Home soil here was never sweet, but no defeat can make us go.
We are no one's fool and no one's pawn -
We are Barrayaran roses, growing on.


I love the way she took that one throwaway image and made it into a metaphor for all of Barrayar. It's one of the strongest filks I've ever encountered.
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