Beauty and Ugliness

Ugliness

The slime we smear across features

Different than our own.

Denying beauty

In the face

Of truth and varying tastes.

Proclaiming permanence

On changeable humanity.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA by rollingroscoe

We say beauty

Is skin deep

But it is always there

To be discovered

In the unlikeliest of candidates

Despite wrinkles

Tears and cares

Despite age

Shape and size

Despite scars

Death and years.

 

 

Beauty changes

Like nature with its seasons

Every year a different cloak

Hide-and-seek among light and shadow.

But beauty is strong

If we dare face it

And see it as it lies

In the heart and in the features

Of those we least suspect.

 

Copyright 2016 Andrea Lundgren

Photo by rollingroscoe, Creative Commons

5 thoughts on “Beauty and Ugliness

  1. Interesting post. I had to stop and think…I read Cinderella years before any movies. What you are doing with David and Michael is wise. But when kids are brought up with a sense of right and wrong. they translate pretty well. As a child, I realize now that, instinctively, I thought those two women had “ugly” souls. Might have been part of my Catholic schooling….but I knew those two had some real problems. Definitely a jealous pair. Later, much later, Gene Tierney (movie star) would play a killer, a utterly heartless, wicked woman in “Leave Her to Heaven”.And yet so very beautiful. Goes along with a saying when I was a child….”Appearances can be deceiving.” A person’s character, I was taught, was everything. Mother Theresa saw the beauty of those dying, poverty-stricken souls in India. In the Catholic church, there was much emphasis on the value of a single soul. I guess someone needed to pray for Cinderella’s family.! 🙂

    With your instruction about how life really works, my great grandsons are going to do very well indeed.

    Andrea Lundgren posted: “Ugliness The slime we smear across features Different than our own. Denying beauty In the face Of truth and varying tastes. Proclaiming permanence On changeable humanity. We say beauty Is skin deep But it is always there “

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    1. I think we are probably a great deal more self-conscious than earlier generations; more aware of how we look and compare because our culture promotes such things rather than a focus on what we’re doing and how we’re doing it, of getting through and getting on with life. 🙂

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