Saturday, March 22, 2008

My Free For All

I don't know if it is 'proper etiquette' to participate in your own writing prompts, but I'm going to do so anyway. This is the poem I came up with after pondering this picture. It is called Beautiful, because I happen to find this old woman to be stunning.


Beauty is not a fad
Nor dictated by runway models
In desperate need of a cheeseburger.
Beauty is in these eyes
That have seen so much
Each wrinkle that tells
Its own tale, beauty is in
This soul that radiates
Wisdom and peace.
Beauty is in the moment
She finds to pause in her chores
And have a smoke.

Beauty is not a fad,
Nor dictated by shiny
Fashion magazines with their
Anorexic waifs staring at the camera
With dead eyes.
Beauty is this woman,
Dark skin, sparse white hair,
Blemishes and all.
Can you read between the lines,
See the glorious splendor etched
Into every crease of her face?
Can you see the wonder of her soul?

'Beautiful' Copyright Patricia Schoenberger 2008, all rights reserved worldwide.


paisley said...

jane,, i think this is absolutely beautiful... i am so trying to talk myself into the concept of true beauty being on the inside... i know it to be true,, but allowing to include me,, is a whole nother matter...

Jane Doe said...

I know what you mean Paisley. It is easy for me to see the beauty in others, but hard to find it in myself.

J.C. Montgomery said...

This is a GREAT way to get the ball rolling so to speak. Absolutely wonderful!

Greyscale Territory said...

After all my burst of creativity, I now keep re-doing my response! It's just not hanging right for some reason! Don't believe this!

Maybe I'm trying to hard!

Think I'll leave it all alone then try again tomorrow!


gautami tripathy said...

She is beautiful! No doubt. It is absolutely fine to write for your prompts.

However, I do have a suggestion. You write it on your own blog and put up the link here, like we do!

I think, you can use Mr Linky for our posts!. That works very well.