and what is beauty

746151-indore-india-girl-beauty-not-believe-but-she-poorAnd what is beauty, anyway?
And how do we decide?
If we look around the world,
it changes with the tide.

And what about the history books?
Do they all agree?
From days of yore to evermore,
not from what I see!

And so it is that beauty lies
somewhere down, deep inside.
Our differences are beautiful
and not to be denied.

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23 thoughts

    • I know, Lianne. Why is that? It’s too bad… Perhaps because we’re all always trying to dominate one another. Power and land and even idea hungry… Why can’t we all just get along?!

  1. Beauty lies in the Eyes of the Beholder..
    And I guess that Eyes must be able look inside and not the outer world to see true beauty..
    Nice Lines Jessica.. :-)

    • And what a lovely comment, Harsha, filled with beautiful observations. Yes, beauty *is* in the eye of the beholder… and something much deeper than society would often lead us to believe…

      Thank you! And thank you as always for reading and commenting. It’s always nice to hear from you. Hope you’re doing well! :)

  2. Very simple poem. Beautiful. I liked how you incorporated the exclamation mark ! in the second stanza. I don’t know how to explain it, but that seems to give that part of the poem excitement. Would like to see you write a really awesome short poem (maybe you have already?).

    • Thanks, Mabel. I’ve been contemplating writing a haiku. I’m not very good at it! But you will probably see one on my site one of these days… Hope you’re doing well! Thanks for reading, as always. :)

  3. The beauty of beauty, is it comes in so many different forms… and there is always someone who will be undeniably attracted to another. One wonderful thing about travel and the world getting smaller is the introduction and understanding of the unique beauty around the world (of people and cultures); can’t help being attracted to one without becoming attracted to the other. Great poem, matches so well with the last one.

    • Thank you, Randall. That’s what I was going for—the contemplation of what is beauty, really? And “how do we decide?” Many people allow the society around them to dictate how they feel about themselves. But, truly, I agree: The beauty of beauty *is* our differences. What a boring place this world would be if we were all the same!… Ugh. The travel urge is strong!… Thank you as always for reading. I hope Hong Kong is treating you well. :)

      • It is fascinating how differences (looks or personality) can capture interest and in many ways these are the more relevant aspects of beauty. Society, I suppose, will always treasure one-type, but anything superficial never lasts too long which makes the ‘other types’ of beauty so special. Arrived back in the States a few days ago…beautiful weather in Seattle, absolutely amazing. Cheers!

      • Oh, wow! Glad you arrived safely! How long will you be in town? I love that part of the country. Haven’t been to Seattle in a few years, but I hope to get up there one of these days… And yes, I agree that society will always treasure one type of beauty, which is sad because that one type can’t last and misses the bigger, much more important picture… I think Mother Teresa was one of the most beautiful people who ever lived.

      • My stay this time is a full 2 months, which is fantastic. Not a better time of the year to be here, let me know if you are up this way – great places to photograph & cycle.

        The neat thing about travel, is that I think it opens people’s eyes to other cultures and differences, and also moves their perception of beauty.

      • I couldn’t agree more. I feel my eyes have been opened to a whole new world since living in Taiwan and Hong Kong—a world I was previously cut off from and didn’t even realize it… It is the best thing that ever could have happened to me. I certainly would not be the person I am today if not for those experiences.

        Hmm. Now I might have to make a trip! Lol. It would be really neat to meet you. I’d love to meet a lot of my blogging friends, actually. Someday…

        Definitely looking forward to your photos!

  4. Yes, as many people say, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” Too bad many only see the outer beauty, inner beauty is much more beautiful.
    Peace!!!

      • yes with poetry. I read two posts of yours back to back and they were good. I am staying cool and having a great weekend so far. I hope you are having a good one too.

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