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Imprisoned Beauty
By Mrs. Cooper
Monday, June 18, 2007

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Memories: the laughter you've shared, the loss you wish you could forget, the love you've felt...deeply, strongly, and passionately. Perhaps once...maybe even twice. But as much as you may regret any part in this will never be taken away or burried.
It's the feeling of warmth in your heart that may never, in all your life, be washed away.

Every wrinkle on an old woman's elderly face tells of a story...

The lines around her eyes paint a raw portrait of her witty personality, so carefree and gay, always laughing, always cheerful...

Her eyes, though very much glossy and going blind, tell of the times she had cried herself to sleep, so many nights,
just heart-wrenchingly pouring her heart out to God, hoping in prayer, that her husband makes his way back from a the cold and bloody war, safely.

Her lips, now very wrinkled and pencil-thin, tell of her many kind words shared between loved ones and strangers, sharing truth and joy to many along her travels....

Her body, bearing 5 children, (all grown up now, with children of their own), quietly and painfully closes down. With cancer consuming her once perfect figure...she wastes away, now frail and weak.

Her hands used to paint portraits...beautiful works of art, though now wrinkled and arthritic; she still finds time to paint amidst the pain; painting little drawings for her grandchildren; though now, they aren't worth thousands of dollars, but she doesn't mind, because the joy on their faces, she's come to realize, is more precious than gold or silver.

Her hair, now grey and dying, still glistens in the morning sun as she combs it through and braids it tightly...

She looks in the mirror, noticing all of these "imperfections", but smiles...adding another wrinkle to her weathered face. She doesn't sigh or feel emotions of sorrow or sadness...but a feeling of joy and contentment, knowing, that deep within
her soul lies, still, a beautiful young lady, bursting forth with liveliness and spunk.

Though many look at her, young and old, and feel pity on her, thinking she's quite ugly looking or deathly...

But she looks on them, with pity in her soul, for they...they are the ones who have truly grown old...

Mrs. Cooper

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Reviewed by m j hollingshead 6/19/2007
well done
Reviewed by H Cruz 6/18/2007
Hey, your pretty good. You obviously take your craft seriously; maybe some day I'll join ya. :)

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