Resilience was originally inspired by the work “Pretty Ugly” by Abdullah Shoaib, a poem that can be read forward and backward. My intent for this poem is for it to be an inspiration to those who are losing hope in the face of hardship. Amid the troubles of this world, we can be resilient. We can be like the flower growing through the crack in the pavement, always seeking the light beyond the bitter darkness. We can be resilient.