Coping with Ugliness

What maims a man or woman in life?

Is it really the maker that causes the strife...

making those who abhor mirrors...

abhorring self while coveting others...

desiring the knife to destroy all...

Are we really creatures of flesh...

bound to such things as we see in the mirror?

in seeing we see darkly...

what others deem right...

our flaws are illusion and subject to change...

if we do well...

letting our light change our face...

there is nothing so foul as one who sneers...

nothing so disgusting as one who inflicts tears...

nothing to revolt like one who speak falsely...

more so when their secret comes out...

do what is right and nothing shall bind you...

everything depends on what's inside...

strike such a light and it shall guide you...

you will then see others following in stride...

they will proclaim your beauty...

then life will show your glory...

The mirror is an illusion...

the works of your heart...

are reality in life.

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Sarah Masson 6 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

What an amazing poem. I really loved it.


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Jason R. Manning 6 years ago from Sacramento, California

KC, this, like so many you have written this is a keeper. Like so many subjects you broach, a great poem has many parallels. In this I see self, in this I see creator. Thanks for sharing.


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Jaggedfrost 6 years ago Author

Thank you Sarah and Jason for stopping by. It was odd how my pen drove me this time to complete this one but it didn't end or broach the subject I thought to. I may have to try again later.


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tnderhrt23 6 years ago

This is a strong, powerful piece, jaggedfrost, that expresses a universal truth. Some of the most "beautiful" people I have encountered on my journey have been the most ugly in spirit...I hold fast to the fact that "beauty is as beauty does"...and have tried hard to impart this belief to my offspring! Great job!


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kmwichterman 6 years ago

Well said. Don't ever stop expressing yourself with well thought out words.


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b. Malin 6 years ago

Coping with Ugliness is it in the mind or the soul...Good Piece.


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Jaggedfrost 6 years ago Author

tnderhrt Thank you for stopping by. Sometimes it saddens me when those who seem beautiful are able to rob the weak of their beauty. I wish but to revive that thought. Writers are a lonely group that largely need to focus on that beauty in order to create. Everyone else does too I suppose.

kmwichterman I don't think I will. I am having way too much fun in a sense.

B.Malin it depends on how you define those terms. The soul to me is the body which includes the mind and the spirit together. In my way of thinking, if you are not in touch with your spirit, maintaining your understanding of your beauty in the face of the world is difficult if not impossible.


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twolittlehands 6 years ago from Utah

Thank you for this piece. It is so poetic, I can almost see it being set to music. Some of my most beautiful friends may seem plain or undesirable to the fashionable world, but to me they look like angels.


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Jaggedfrost 6 years ago Author

I am glad you have such wonderful friends, I have a few of those myself. How marvelous!


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Dave Mathews 6 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

Jaggedfrost: what a beautiful poem and with such greatness of meaning behind it. Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, but the eyes must learn to look past the exterior veneer to the inner beauty that is within to see the whole person.


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Jaggedfrost 6 years ago Author

I should think so. It also serves us who see others clearly to see ourselves as clearly.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS

This is a masterpiece in my humble opinion. You are gifted! Voting it up and awesome - and beautiful.


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Jaggedfrost 5 years ago Author

I bow and blush at your authoritative opinion and will plead the fifth on the rest. I appreciate you stopping by.

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