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Poem: My Beauty Will Last

Updated on May 10, 2017
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MsDora, six-year online writer, shares poetry, creative writing and reflections on how writing and writers influence our lives.

My beauty will last as long as I live;
No dwindling of charm you will see.
I have found a way to boost my appeal
As the years take their toll on me.
I’ll point to the aging signs as they come,
As trophies I’ve brought from the past:
As lessons I’ve learned and lessons I’ve taught;
For beauty with wisdom will last.

Photo by Wendell Weithers
Photo by Wendell Weithers | Source

My wrinkles will teach the beauty of smiles
That as they leave their marks on the skin;
They also make merry marks on the hearts
Of those who keep them stored within.
Bags under my eyes will prove that I’ve watched
History, pleasant and aghast;
Bags laden with knowledge will seem quite fair;
For beauty with wisdom will last.

Folks will not see the long sag on my arms.
How could they in my embrace?
They’ll feel the full strength of my fearless squeeze
Then we’ll look at each other’s face.
If they raise their sights to the gray in my hair;
I’ll tell of life’s stresses real fast,
And how wisdom kept me looking well;
For beauty with wisdom will last.

Photo by Wendell Weithers
Photo by Wendell Weithers | Source

I’ll lean on my cane when my feet are tired,
And walk far and fast as I can;
Meeting new people and sharing their strength
Is part of my beauty-wise plan.
My aged lips will not get any thinner;
They’ll fly full like a ship’s foremast
Cheering the young to live wisely and well,
For beauty with wisdom will last.

I’ll wear trendy shades to offset the sun’s rays,
And help me be able to see
The beautiful figures, poises and gaits
Which remind me what I used to be.
I’ll recall what wisdom taught me back then
Before my features lost their blast;
That years cannot change loveliness inside
For beauty and wisdom will last.

Photo by Wendell Weithers
Photo by Wendell Weithers | Source

I'll tell my children and their children too,
Of the struggles which kept me strong;
I'll write for them, beautiful words of love
Which they can make into song;
For I know their beauty is influenced by
The beauty they see in me;
Lord, help me display Your beauty and grace
So they can safely follow me.

My beauty will last till the day I die,
Not because of human skill;
But because when my wisdom and beauty grow less,
I trust God my lack to fill.
The challenge for all my good friends and me
When the vote of age is cast,
Is to balance good looks with godly wit;
Then beauty with wisdom will last.

Annual Beauty Costs

quoted from the Wall Street Journal, updated 01/08/2016.

Four women reveal their annual beauty costs in the Wall Street Journal article titled The High Price of Beauty. The cost of their entire beauty process totals respectively: $20,395.20, $18,491, $19,390, and $9,760. The order of the prices match the order of the names in the table below. The table lists the prices on just three items in their annual beauty regimen.

Names
Facials
Manicure and Pedicure
Haircut and Color
Mary Alice Stephenson, Style Expert
$98 x 10 a year = $980
 
(color only) $300 x 10 a year = $3,000
Stephanie Michels, Actress
$125 x 6 a year = $750
$43 a month x 12 a year = $516
$300 x 4 a year = $1,200
Jennifer Fisher, Jewelry Designer
$550 x 4 a year = $2,200
$80 a month = $960
$300 x 4 a year = $1,200
Christie Keyes, Entertainment Executive
$200 x 4 a year = $800
$60 x 18 a year = $1,080
$400 x 2 a year = $800

Ms. Stephenson (mentioned in table), says, “I’ve seen how beauty empowers and self-esteem brings joy,” She is the founder of Glam4Good, an organization that provides make-overs for injured veterans and breast-cancer survivors.

Jennifer Fisher (also mentioned) says: "I’m sure there are people who do a quarter of what I do, and I’m sure others do more. But [my regime] has been through years of trial and error. This is where I am, and I’m not apologizing.”

Another Beauty Option

-credited to Audrey Hepburn who repeated it quite often.

"For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone."

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 6 months ago from The Caribbean

      Gina, natural is the way to go! That and a good attitude surely help to create and maintain our beauty. Thanks for your wise input.

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      Gina Welds Hulse 6 months ago from Rockledge, Florida

      Ms. Dora, I absolutely loved this. I believe we should all age gracefully. make-up is so expensive and I believe causes more damage to our skin, so I use a lot of naturally made products, even make-up.

      Thanks for sharing this. Beautiful!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Elisa, Happy 50th birthday in advance. Thanks for the kind comment and stay beautiful!

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      Elisa659 2 years ago from Inverness, FL

      This is just so beautiful and truly blessed my socks off..being that my 50th birthday is just around the corner! I look forward to reading more of your hubs. Thank you for sharing.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Jay all the best with your children's books; I expect that you will do very well. I've looked at your Michael Landon article and enjoyed it. I intend to read your Misconceptions. Thanks for your comment here.

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      Reynold Jay 2 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

      Hi Dora, I found a lone comment on one of my HUBS that went back 18 months or so and it was yours! I wanted to see what you are up to and landed here today. You have some lovely thoughts here. I'll follow you now that I have found you again. I suspect you would enjoy my HUB on Michael Landon. I haven't done a HUB in over a year and the Landon HUB has a steady stream of readers to this day. I'm working on a series of illustrated children's books that I am excited about.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Jodah, when it comes to poetry, I yield to you any day. Congratulations on your win, and thanks for your kind sentiments.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      What a beautiful hub by a beautiful woman MsDora. I voted for you in the "hubbie awards" congratulations. Going by this poem you should have won "best poet" as well. Loved everything about this. Voted up.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Deal, I love your kind words. Thank you!

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      Sam Deal 3 years ago from Earth

      This poem is so empowering and bold. Loved reading it.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks Audrey. I think the same of you.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thank you, Lori. I appreciate that; glad you like it.

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Lovely, inside and out!

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      Lori Colbo 3 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      Hello precious, I shared this on the Hot Hubbers facebook page. I just love it and thought it worth sharing.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thank you Imtii. I appreciate the vote.

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      Imtiaz Ahmed 3 years ago from Dhaka, Bangladesh

      A really great poem MsDora! I really liked it. Voted up!!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Hi Treasures, good to hear from you. Thanks for your very kind comments.

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      Sima Ballinger 3 years ago from Michigan

      Wow! This is beautiful MsDora. You are a beautiful person and you've got swag too! Loved the poem. Bless you for sharing your wonderful thoughts!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Doris, welcome to my HubCircle. The optimism is good for our health; we want to enjoy our closing years to the max. Thanks for your comment.

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      Doris H. Dancy 3 years ago from Yorktown, Virginia

      What a wonderful way to view the aging process. I will not forget this first real look at the beauty of age. Society tends not to voice such an optimistic vision of years gone by. Thank you for your wisdom.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Very well said, Teaches. Our beauty will last, if that's what we choose. Thanks for your comment.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Thank you for pointing out what is most important as we age. God made us all beautiful with a purpose for living.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Nighthag, your mother will always be beautiful. It is part of her role. As for you, you have nothing to worry about. You express yours all the time. Thanks for your input.

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      K.A.E Grove 3 years ago from Australia

      this was so very lovely and so very true.

      I loved it both for my aging self and for my mother who struggles with the aging process yet is still as beautiful to me as she always has been, if not more.

      I love it!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thelma, thanks for commenting. Surely, that inner beauty is choice, available to all of us.

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      Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany

      Awesome! The inner beauty will always last. Thanks for sharing this. It was very good. Written direct from the heart.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Dream, it's my pleasure to know you. Welcome to my HubCircle. Thank you for your kind comment.

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      DREAM ON 3 years ago

      I was right. Your words glide through the air like ski's that go where your body tells them to go. Sweet and right to the heart of all people. We all age but it is what we have learned that far enhances our true beauty. To love ourselves and love others every day.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Ebonny, what a kind comment! Thank you.

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      Ebonny 3 years ago from UK

      Thank you for writing and sharing these important words. Your thoughts and your photograph prove that beauty on the inside shows on the outside.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      JPSO, I'm also impressed by what you say about yourself. Looking forward to great, positive interaction with you on HubPages.

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      JPSO138 3 years ago from Cebu, Philippines, International

      Simple yet very powerful. It reflects what kind of person you are and how beautiful your life is. It is indeed an honor to have meet you here in HP.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thank you DDE. No complaints about my age, and I enjoy the features I'm blessed with.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Poem: My Beauty Will Last beautifully said for those aging gracefully and you look great.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Ahorseback, you are so very kind. You put a smile on my face and in my heart. Thank you.

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      ahorseback 3 years ago

      Wow my dear ! There is not one thing missing here ! I'll tell U this ! There is a fortune in the value of the smile of this woman . Gorgeous ! is just one word I can think of !.......Ed

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      G. Diane Nelson Trotter 3 years ago from Fontana

      Thank you for watching!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Diane, I watched the video. It is really a precious memory. thank you so much for sharing!

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      G. Diane Nelson Trotter 4 years ago from Fontana

      MsDora, Here is a glimpse of my memories. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRY-fwkG1UA

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Diane, I love your comment. Thank you for sharing. Hope you have lots of fond memories about your mom.

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      G. Diane Nelson Trotter 4 years ago from Fontana

      MsDora, this is beautiful and very convicting. I use to be called google eyes. Now I have a fold on top of my eyes and luggage underneath. My mother's name is Dora. She passed away January 20, 2010. She was called Dora the Explorer because she always found ways to leave the nursing home. Thank you for your prolific and well pondered thoughts.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Jynzly, thanks for your contribution on wisdom and also for kind remark. I appreciate you!

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      Jenny Pugh 4 years ago from Marion, Indiana, USA

      That's true and perfect beauty there. Wisdom is by itself a beauty. Looks is a physical projection of wisdom hence this two combined is perfect beauty. I love this poem, it truly conveys real beauty; You.

      Thanks for sharing.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks Romeos, for your kind comment. Nice meeting you on HubPages!

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      Romeos Quill 4 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

      Such beautiful, and heart-warming poetic verse, by a beautiful woman, inside and out.Thumbs up, and sharing!

      Yours Sincerely,

      Romeo's Quill

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

      OC, nice meeting you on HP. Thanks for your very kind comment. Hope you enjoy it here.

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      ocfireflies 4 years ago from North Carolina

      MsDora,

      I am a relative newcomer to HP, and when I go hub hopping, the places where I land seem to be just the right place for my state of mind. 50 is right around the corner for me, and so much of my livelihood is up in the air; but, then I read something so beautiful as what you have written and feel the power of your beauty and your wisdom.

      Voted up and Beautiful!

      Thank You.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks poet for life. Glad you found the poem encouraging.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Carly, thanks for your encouraging comment. You are very kind.

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      Marie Williams 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas.

      MsDora I really like this piece. I agree with you whole heartedly. I too believe in the power of attitude as well as character. Your poem is very encouraging as we grow older gracefully.

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      CarlySullens 4 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      You ARE a beautiful woman for of grace and insight.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

      You and me both, Insightful. We've earned our gray/white hairs and they deserve to be displayed.

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      Insightful Tiger 4 years ago

      You are beautiful inside and out! I loved this poem because it speaks to me of how I feel about aging. I am going to wear my white hairs proudly and smile on :) One Love.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks, Manatita. I appreciate your kind comment. I needed the encouragement today.

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      manatita44 4 years ago from london

      Good on ya! Extremely Beautiful Woman!! Beauty within! Beauty without!!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Marlene, thanks for your kind comments. What a sweet compliment about the Holy Spirit in me. I pray that to live that!

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      Marlene Bertrand 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

      MsDora, this is beautiful. We all should learn to live comfortable with aging. Your photo is beautiful, too. I hope it is politically alright to say... I can see the Holy Spirit in your eyes and your smile is very warm and inviting. Many blessings to you.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks, Rajan. My intention is to make the words in this poem come true.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Very inspirational. The beauty within and the wisdom gathered over the years do last.

      Amazing poem. Voted up.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Sweet Epistles, we're on the same page. Our beauty will last no matter the color of our hair. Enjoy life! Thanks for your comment.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks, ahorseback, for your encouragement.

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      June 4 years ago from From the Heart of God

      Wow! I can feel your innermost thoughts and beauty within. I am not afraid of getting old as long as wisdom from the heart and soul like you have carries me to enjoy gray hairs and loveliness inside that last.

      Thumb up!!!!

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      ahorseback 4 years ago

      You're an awesome writer ......Do you know that !

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thank you, ahorseback. The beautiful heart can find beauty anywhere. You're so encouraging.

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      ahorseback 4 years ago

      I think I would trade all the beauty in the world for a beautiful smile alone , like the one at the top !Awesome writing !

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 5 years ago from The Caribbean

      ITcoach, I'm happy for the effect this and similar poems have on you. Appreciation for life is among the noblest of attitudes. Your comment blesses me. Thanks!

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      ITcoach 5 years ago from United States

      Some times whenever we listen such type of poems I creates appreciation to live more. It creates hopes for living. Thanks Dora for sharing this passion

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 5 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks, Rajan Jolly. Well said. "Wisdom increases . . . Physical beauty fades." The knife cannot change that. Thanks for sharing this reminder.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Dora, this is such an beautiful and uplifting poem. Wisdom increases and is permanent than physical beauty that is only skin deep and fades with age.

      This is a very hitting reminder to those who think nothing of going under the surgeon's knife.

      Voted up,and awesome. Shared too.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 5 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks, Yoridale. Hope sharing it produces a smile.

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      Yoridale 5 years ago

      Nice poem! Something to share...

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 5 years ago from The Caribbean

      CloudExplorer, you made me smile when you wrote about fighting off old age. Keep up your healthy activities, but view them as a way to embrace rather than prevent old age. Attitude is everything. Thanks for all your kind words, and I'm sure you deserve all the comments you receive.

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      Nice poem you have here MsDora, I never really thought about old age in the ways you've described in your poem.

      My thoughts on old age usually is that I will be trying everything in my power to fight it off by use of all healthy natural means, definitely not any surgical mean, but sure in ways of good eating, and good exercise to keep the joints strong.

      This hub is written very well with great references and full of liveliness. Voted up as beautiful for the poetical creativity level, and interesting for the intro, thanks for sharing & I'll be reading more as time permits me, oh and thanks for the nice comment you left on my hub recently.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 5 years ago from The Caribbean

      I love you too, sofs. Thanks for sharing such kind thoughts!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 5 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks to YOU Eunice. I appreciate your encouragement.

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      sofs 5 years ago

      Wow..this is so wonderful...

      "Folks will not see the long sag on my arms.

      How could they in my embrace?

      They’ll feel the full strength of my fearless squeeze

      Then we’ll look at each other’s face."

      How very true...our love, our attitude, our compassion are our true beauty... I haven't heard wiser words..

      Thanks beautiful lady... you are beautiful indeed!! Love and ((((hugs)))))

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      Eunice Stuhlhofer 5 years ago

      Great poem and new way of seeing beauty. Voted beautiful and thanks for following.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 5 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks Dave. Happy to write for your enjoyment. I appreciate the votes.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 5 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks, chspublish. Yes, the beauty of one's self is also what I consider real beauty. I appreciate your comment

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      Dave Mathews 5 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      Voted up and beautiful! I enjoyed the poem. Thanks!

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      chspublish 5 years ago from Ireland

      And then there's the beauty of being yourself - that's what you've achieved here, I think.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 5 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks for your kind comments. So happy when I cause a smile!

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      Sky9106 5 years ago from A beautiful place on earth.

      Amen .

      This is very thoughtful of you, I can feel the thought in the lines as I read on, I keep thinking what's next, I smiled with the mention of the arms . A very nice poem . I went and came back and there is the picture . No words

      Blessings..