Veils

The sunset that men praise for its glorious calm

Faraway is indeed a spectacle

A vermilion mural on downy clouds

Blooming

Rufescent

Blazing garnet

But look up close, search for its reality

‘Tis only flame and gas framed by grandiose vapor

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The world will worship the face of a woman

One that is masterfully veneered

Smoothed

Brushed

Maquillaged

A contrived form of beauty

But despite all attempts, all feigned excellence

The body is still mere, imperfect skin and blood

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So wherein does the beauty lie?

In reality or perception?

Do we choose to ignore the truth

And accept only synthesized imagination?

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Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

Many have said this is true

But I think the beholder should oft look closer

To determine the virtue of the beheld

To appraise the worth of the element

Rather than the artistry of its mask 

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Copyright © Bethany Richardson 2012

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9 thoughts on “Veils

  1. Ayasonice says:

    So true! Superficiality dominates in this era. This is a very thought provoking piece. Well done!

  2. Bethany says:

    Unfortunately, it is true. Thank you for your thoughtful words! : )

  3. lily2u1 says:

    I like this, Bethany. The tone, the questions… ~ Lily

  4. Bethany says:

    Thanks, Lily! I always value your opinion. : )

  5. Pawan Hira (awakeningpsyche) says:

    I love the flow of your pen…and amazed by the words you have threaded to balance your questions of beauty….
    and agree that beholder should look often closer….unveiled fragments of today’s plight….keep penning more…..you inspire…:)

  6. Wow…another great piece of poetry….really enjoying your work. This grabbed me from the start:

    “But look up close, search for its reality
    ‘Tis only flame and gas framed by grandiose vapor”

    and then the closing….great stuff; so much truth found in these words!

    “But I think the beholder should oft look closer
    To determine the virtue of the beheld
    To appraise the worth of the element
    Rather than the artistry of its mask “

  7. Bethany says:

    Thank you! Superficiality has been something that has deeply bothered me for a while and I wanted to attempt to sum up my feelings in those descriptive words. I hope I was able to make it clear. : )

  8. davidandresalix says:

    A beautiful spirit enhances the latent image.

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