How we cite our quotes:
can the spice rose
drip such acrid fragrance
hardened in a leaf? (lines 14-16)
Even though the rose has suffered some pretty serious bruising from Mother Nature, it still manages to give off a unique and (if we believe our speaker) potent fragrance. In other words, it actually thrives on the hard stuff it's had to endure.
you are flung on the sand,
you are lifted
in the crisp sand
that drives in the wind. (lines 10-13)
OK, so this quote doesn't seem to suggest that the rose is actively fighting against the elements. But maybe that's part of the poet's point: sometimes perseverance isn't about action. Sometimes it's just staying alive, despite all the odds.