Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Poets United Midweek Motif ~ Beauty


                                                Midweek Motif ~ Beauty

"Ugly is just a word", I said, "Like beauty. They mean different things to different people....." This quote is taken from a short story, Most Beautiful by Ruskin Bond. Strange it is! How come a thing truly beautiful is not so to another person?

The narrator of the said story assumes that 'Beauty' is a relative term.

And the more I ponder over the word the more layered it becomes.

The poem Beauty XXV by Khalil Gibran says:

The aggrieved and the injured say, "Beauty is kind and gentle.
Like a young mother half-shy of her own glory she walks among us."
And the passionate say, "Nay, beauty is a thing of might and dread.
Like the tempest she shakes the earth beneath us and the sky above us."

Beauty then seems to be hidden everywhere and in everything. Only the eye of the beholder finds it.

Poets are seers. Through your eyes we shall look at Beauty today.

A couple of poems to get inspirations from:

Sleep! Sleep! Beauty Bright

by William Blake

Sleep! sleep!  Beauty bright,
Dreaming o'er the joys of night;
Sleep! sleep! in thy sleep
Little sorrows sit and weep.

Sweet Babe, in thy face
Soft desires I can trace,
Secret joys and secret smiles,
Little pretty infant wiles.

As thy softest limbs I feel,
Smiles as of the morning steal
O'er thy cheek, and o'er thy breast
Where thy little heart does rest.

O! the cunning wiles that creep
In thy little heart asleep.
When thy little heart does wake
Then the dreadful lightnings break.

From thy cheek and from thy eye,
O'er the youthful harvests nigh.
Infant wiles and infant smiles
Heaven and Earth of peace beguiles.

Pied Beauty

by Gerard Manley Hopkins

Glory be to God for dappled things--
  For skies of couple-color as a brinded cow;
    For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim;
Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches' wings;
   Landscape plotted and pieced-- fold, fallow, and plough;
       An all trades, their gear and tackle and trim.

All things counter, original, spare, strange;
   Whatever is fickle, freckled(who knows how?)
      With swift, slow; sweet, sour; a dazzle dim;
He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change:
                                                                Praise him.

Next week's Midweek Motif will be "Silence."

Please share your new poem using Mr. Linky below and visit others in the spirit of the community.


  1. Have a beautiful week, friends. Thanks for the prompt, Sumana.

  2. Hello everyone,

    Woooo hoooo its time for Midweek motif and I m back once again with a new form :D this week I have tried writing a Diamante, hope you guys like it :D :D

    Lots of love,

  3. We are surrounded by beauty - it is often in the eyes that are willing to see it, you know.

  4. A lovely prompt, Sumana. Enjoyed writing for it. Looking forward to read all the lovely poems now :)

  5. Thank you, Sumana. Looking forward to seeing what the eyes of the beholder poets see as beautiful...

  6. A beautiful prompt, Sumana!! Like Purba, I also enjoyed writing.... :)

    1. I did fall prey to your captivating lines Panchali di :)

  7. Thanks, Sumana. It is always lovely to reflect on the beauty we are surrounded by. I am now off to clean three horse stalls while they whuff and snort around me, LOL. Beauty in the horse paddock!

    1. have that magic wand to turn anything into a perfect beauty Sherry :)

  8. . . . one of my favorite GMHopkins! How God shows Beauty and Vice

    1. Hey Susan,
      I was away for almost 2 weeks. How is everything post surgery?

    2.'s one of my faves too...soooo glad to see you here today Susan....hope everything is okay dear friend...

    3. So nice to see you Susan :D hope you're having a speedy recovery.. and that you join us all soon! Miss you!

  9. Beauty is complex isnt she? We are fortunate as poets to be able to see beneath the layers. Thanks Sumana for hosting today

  10. I had to really explore what I think about beauty. I think I just began to scratch the surface. This must be why so much poetry is dedicated to it. Great topic Sumana. Thanks. Will be around to read later today.

  11. I read all his books hes a genius

  12. Thank you for the inspiration, Sumana!

  13. There is so much beauty in the world, it was hard to select what I would write about.


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