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Beauty comes in many forms
with very few, if any norms.
What may seem beautiful one day
may change if viewed another way.

Some see the human form as such
but I don’t like them very much.
Their surface beauty may seem strong
but underneath it seems all wrong.

Their beauty is a masked charade
concealed behind a fake façade.
Where there’s no substance it turns bad
the beauty that they may have had.

A book is not judged by its cover
Nor’ are our judgements of each other.
I, for one, look way beyond
that surface image that is donned.

I like to see what folks have done,
how they behave and have their fun.
I look for personality
and unconventionality.

Beauty for me is what they do
both for themselves and others too.
I look for all those little things
that in the wake of beauty brings.

What I like most is when I find
an inner beauty of the mind.
Where people think, then follow through
with what they plan and say and do.

Beauty lies within the soul
of those who’ve mastered self-control.
In those who shun malevolence
in favour of benevolence.

B. Withers 2013

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Aug 11, 2018
Angelicamarie : Bill... That's simply beautiful. Outside beauty will dissipate,Thus inner beauty will radiate and stand the test of time. Great Blog !! Angelicamarie
Aug 11, 2018
Bill : Hello Angelicamarie. Judging by how your own posts mirror the sentimentssurrounding this sort of topic, I thought you might like this one.
Best wishes
Aug 11, 2018
Angelicamarie : Bill... You were right , I do very much. The blog reminds me of the temptations song, beauty Only Skin deep.
Which if one lives long enough outside beauty vanishes. When one has it on the inside,it's so ....visible.
Aug 12, 2018
Bill : Hello weirdnewlife. Thank you for your supportive comment and your appreciation of the rhyming verse. Writing rhymes tends to be a lonesome occupation so, every hint of endorsement, from whatever source, becomes part of the building blocks of motivation to continue writing.
Best wishes
Aug 12, 2018
Bill : Hello Angelicamarie. Your are so right and perhaps we should be continuously reminded of such concepts.
Best wishes
Aug 13, 2018
Bill : Hello tomoc. I feel saddened to hear that you have decided to leave the site. However, 'never' (as with 'always') seems such a permanent arrangement and, as none of us really know what is round the corner or how we will feel in the future, I hope you might change your mind and join us again sometime. If only to browse some of the posts that are of interest to you. If not, I hope you will be with us in spirit and support the ethos of the site and its participants.
Good luck with all you do and here's hoping everything goes according to your own plan.
Best wishes
Aug 16, 2018
Silveradokid : You've nailed it once again, my friend,
Giving me pause to beauty amend

The way I view pre stoma to post,
And look at myself a more treasured host

Whose body is no longer writhing in pain,
Sharing a renewed hope to share what's humane

Like hope and serenity and always good will
For those in need and indeed thank you Bill...
Aug 17, 2018
Bill : Thank you so much silveradokid. The response in rhyme that you created - is definitely appreciated. If more people talked this way - more thought would be in what they say.
Best wishes
Sep 29, 2019
iMacG5 : Don't know how I missed this, Bill, but glad I finally got to read it about a year late. For starters, your rhyming definition is beautiful. It will, IMHO, remain beautiful regardless of time passed or from which way it is viewed. Thanks for sharing another piece of your artistry.
I have some thoughts about beauty and I won't even attempt to express them poetically. Many folks suggest, often authoritatively, that beauty is only skin deep. We're referencing people's appearance of course. The great philosopher J W von Goethe wrote “The saying that beauty is only skin deep is but a skin deep saying”. Wow! Let's think about that. We've gotten a little careless with our use of words like “love”, “hate”, “beauty” and others. When we describe a person as being beautiful we're not defining them. And like Angel points out that physical appearance will change over time and that beautiful face might not get the same reaction fifty years down the road. On the other hand, as Silveradokid, our new rhymer points out, he might refer to his stoma as “beautiful” because it has so improved his quality of life. And maybe it is!
I have no idea where I'm attempting to go with this if anywhere. I do however know how fortunate I am to read all the wise, caring stuff you guys share that gives so much more meaning to what's important in our lives. It's beautiful.
Sep 30, 2019
Bill : Hello Mike. Thanks for your belated reply to this post. I have just written a lengthy response but unfortunately as I came to the end of it, the whole thing disappeared. So much for the reliability of modern technology! If I get time, I will re-address the concepts you raise - but next time I will document it in MS Word rather than try to type it directly into these comment boxes
Best wishes
Sep 30, 2019
Bill : Hello Mike.
Thank you for your reply to this blog and taking the time to read an contemplate its contents.
It doesn't really matter if your response is a year after my posting, as you may have noticed that the rhyme was in fact written in 2013 and posted in 2018 in response to a post by Angelicamarie.
I have written so many rhymes over the years, that I cannot remember most of them and the memory seems to be getting worse as I get older.
I do like the quotation : “The saying that beauty is only skin deep is but a skin deep saying.” as it highlights the fickle nature of the English language.
Back to the subject of ‘beauty': I remember the days when I was courting, and I made a conscious effort to avoid dating the most beautiful women. My logic was that ‘having' a woman who was deemed as beautiful by others, would be like ‘having' (or owning) a prized possession. As I do not ‘value' possessions in the same way that many others may, this type of relationship was not attractive to me.
Interestingly, my attitudes towards these beautiful women seemed to make me more attractive to them and I had lots of beautiful ‘friends'. However, as the rhyme suggests, I valued things that others might not be looking for in a relationship and the surface looks were way down on the list of attractions.
There was another rhyme I wrote a while back about how blind people may be able to ‘see' more clearly than visually sighted folks. This captured the concept that having visualisation as the primary sense might well be a disadvantage when it comes to the more important things in life, like relationships.
I am also a pragmatic sort of a guy and having a close relationship with a beautiful woman raises some issues which are not on my wish-list. Namely, the rivalry it might generate from others who would want to ‘have' that beautiful ‘thing'. This is where I like museums and films as an arena where everybody can appreciate the visual beauty of things without necessarily personally owning them.
I tried to encapsulate my own values regarding relationships in the rhyme ‘Aims For Today', which can be viewed in the ‘goals' section on this site. This does not mention physical beauty, love or happiness, but concentrates of the elements which I believe make up a good, pragmatic, working relationship. The concepts are adapted from the notion that we often have a good relationship with our ‘pets' and I can see no logical reason why humans should not be able to emulate what other animals have managed to achieve without the sophistication of so-called modern ‘intelligence'.
Enough of this for now!
Best wishes
Oct 01, 2019
iMacG5 : Hi Bill. You are so welcome and deserving of the consideration I give all your offerings. I admire your writings whether rhyming or basic script. You mention the fickle nature of the English language and I can't help but associate the fickle nature of so many people relative to this topic.
I need to contemplate your latest reply because it offers so much to be considered and requires the appropriate reflection. There's more to come.
Stay well,
Apr 18, 2021
bays6513 : Hello Bill,
That was so lovely ????

Apr 18, 2021
Bill : Hello Bays.
Thank you so much for taking the trouble to read this rhyme and for making such a kind comment. Expressing one's thoughts in rhyme is not everyone's cup of tea so, it is always nice when someone indicates that they like what has been written.
Best wishes

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