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Thoughts on Beauty
by Nicole Lasher
Tuesday, November 15, 2005
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A poetic essay on my thoughts about beauty.

when you're beautiful
you don't have to have
straight blonde hair
alabaster skin
long slim legs
or deep blue eyes

you can even be
or currently even less trendy

you can be any shape
any size
any color
when you're beautiful

but what you can't afford to be
is stupid

beauty without brains
is crippling

it will make you think
the world is a better place than it is
or a worse place than it is

beauty itself
always causes a reaction

it is the power
to make people look
and to make people feel

the only thing is
you can't control
what they see
or what they feel

beauty is in the design of nature
but its meaning is in the eye of the beholder

the beholder responds
to beauty
based on how beautiful
they are themselves

disposable people
treat the beautiful
as disposable
because they lack in value
or feel they do
they fail to see
the value of
their own beauty

it would burn their eyes
to look upon beauty
every day
for the rest of their lives

it would remind them
of what they cannot be
or refuse to be

because rather than be beautiful
they wish to be
socially convenient

it is not socially convenient
to be beautiful
for the same reason
that it is not socially convenient
to always tell the truth

they would rather see
the lie
that beauty is something
that can be shaped from
the outside

the idea that someone
who is not
can become beautiful
by altering their appearance
rather than their attitude
rather than their function
rather than surpassing function
through will and strength
is their hope

they hang onto this hope
for dear life
because it makes them think
they can be beautiful
without beauty

to have beauty
to see beauty
to love beauty
to treasure it
is an art

to master it
takes talent

not all are equally talented
so not all are equally beautiful

so when someone i touched
treats me
as disposable
my anger is limited
as is my disappointment

because i understand
that it is simply that
i saw the beauty in them
but they could not see
the beauty
in me

for this
they have only
my pity
for feeling they had no other option
but to touch
someone they see
as ugly

that is something
i have never experienced
but i imagine
it must feel

i personally
couldn't do it
if i had the parts
of a man
they would shrivel
at the very thought

someone hideous
someone disposable
wrapped around me
feeling her breath
on my skin
her legs
around my waist

yes i'd have to be
pretty bad off
pretty horny
for years with no takers
before i'd do
someone i felt
was hideous

so if i am ugly
to them
that just is what it is
i am that
and that's that
but they
are desperate

i have never been
that desperate
and i hope
i never will be


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Reviewed by Dawn Mullan
Pretty, ugly, beautiful, are adjectives for the same condition: being judged by criteria that is superficial. Deep poem. Thank you, DL Mullan
Reviewed by Mark Rockeymoore
beauty without brains, as you said, is crippling. but beauty without spirituality, equals consignment to the pit. a sobering assessment, poet, one that can only be approximated throughe experience.
Reviewed by Sandra Mushi
A poignant write, Kthulah!

God bless,

Reviewed by Retta (Reindeer) Mckenzie
Outstanding. So very powerful and true, this hits hard with its raw truth,

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