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The Essence of Beauty :Reflections on the truth behind beauty

Updated on August 13, 2013
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The essence of beauty, through and true,

Is not how we look, our outward view;

Not our frontal image, bound for display

Though important, to not be in disarray.

It is a plus, when appearance pleases

But not, after all, true beauty that eases.


Beautiful -Christina Aguilera

The essence of true beauty is a soul that inspires

With loving words and actions that we admire

To a truthful heart we gravitate

It is honesty, sincerity that motivates

From genuine feeling we do not shirk

For it is what’s real that serves to perk.


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The essence of true beauty is the sacrifice

For the greater needs of others, to compromise

The scarce ability to render

The listening ear we find most tender

To give one’s time, a gift most treasured

Asset of value which cannot be measured


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The essence of true beauty is to spare a thought

For others when they are overwrought

To pay heed to what others require

To make their desires at times prior

When they be, in dark distress

Their concerns gently address


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The essence of true beauty is to have resolve

The little whims of others to absolve

To be determined, persevere

When at the darkest points of fear

An enchanting lure is the iron will

That stays sure, put through the mill.


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The essence of true beauty is to treasure

The gift of others, in great measure

To them to extend, in magnitude

The prized present of gratitude

Insignificant as they seem to be

Their hand in your life may not be wee.


When asked what true beauty is

What is beautiful that sets us apart

A gift of ourselves, from the heart.

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Peggy, yes, the inner beauty really draws those who will be the most sincere and loyal friends. And it really matters! Thanks for coming by!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Michelle,

      You have captured the real meaning of beauty with your beautiful poetry. Outward beauty may initially attract people, but it is the inward beauty that will keep them as lovers and friends. For it is the latter that truly matters when all is said and done. I really like the way you think and write! Up votes and tweeting.

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Wow, Carly.....this lovely comment is a real compliment, and I'm honored!! Yes, choosing good pics is the hard part for most of us, and I'm glad you've enjoyed it. Ads always promote beauty on the surface and it's this tussle between inner and outer beauty that drives women batty!! Especially when they seek prospective husbands!!I'm so glad to connect with you as well, and will be prowling your hubs!!

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      CarlySullens 5 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      The essence of beauty is this hub. You have a wonderful way of creating titles for your hubs that pull the reader in. Once they open the door the words are captivating. Not only that you put time into choosing images, dividers, and music. All of which seems seamless, but being a hubber I know a lot of work goes into this.

      The essence of beauty is a great reminder, that we all need to read over and over again. What if our magazines had adds like this? How would young girls feel about their bodies? What if our TV adds spoke of these words? How would a dating women seek out a prospective husband? One who would love her for who she is or one who loves her because of what she looks like?

      I find beauty in unique places and so do you Michelle. Great to have a fellow beauty seeker in this world.

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Hatter!! So glad you've enjoyed it and stopped by!!

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      very good. nice controlled, like a conductor of a symphony. congratulations.

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      I definitely enjoy this little poem, Kim and thanks for sharing it!! I Audrey captures the true essence of beauty....and she was beautiful on the outside as an actress and within as well. Thanks for stopping by!

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks for coming by, Patty, my friend. Beauty is what is from the inside and what really counts in making a person truly beautiful!! Thanks for coming by, my dear!!

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Beauty definitely goes beyond that, Ruchira. I'm so glad you've enjoyed this!! Thanks for coming by!

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks Travmaj, for coming by. So glad you've enjoyed this!

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Jamie...so glad you've enjoyed this!!

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Josh, thanks for coming by. True beauty, indeed, is your sincerity and what lies within...and if only we could all live like this. Thanks, my friend!!

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Yes Mary, have always felt that sincerity makes us truly beautiful. So glad that you've liked this poem!!

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Be proud of who you are, Keith, as you have bravely shown. That bravery itself is really beautiful. Thanks for coming by, my friend!

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks for coming by, Jools. Yes, real beauty is from within. and it's the little things that set you apart from others. Thanks for coming by!!

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      Sasha Kim 5 years ago

      What a touching poem. You are beautiful inside and out ^_^

      I think you would enjoy this poem written by Audry Hepburn...

      For attractive lips, speak words of kindness. For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people. For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry. For beautiful hair, let a child run his/her fingers through it once a day. For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone. People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone.. Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you will find one at the end of each of your arms. As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands; one for helping yourself, and the other for helping others.

      Voted up and beautiful!

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      Patty Kenyon 5 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

      Absolutely Beautiful Michelle!!! Beauty truly is what is on the inside!!! Excellent Job capturing the true essence of Beauty!!!

      AWESOME JOB as usual!!! Voted Up, Awesome, Beautiful, Interesting, Useful and Shared!!!!

      I truly love reading your works of Art!!!!

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      wow...such beautiful and meaningful words, midget!

      I agree that beauty is way deep than just physical appearance.

      voted up as beautiful

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      travmaj 5 years ago from australia

      Your words are inspiring and meaningful - very impressive, thank you

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 5 years ago from Reno NV

      You have a wonderful talent, not only in writing such great Sestina's but in telling us what we need to hear. Jamie

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Michelle,

      Wow! This is my favorite poem of yours! I thoroughly enjoyed it, and it speaks volumes Michelle! True beauty is what is in the heart! If only we could all live like this all the time, what a different world we would be living in! Thanks for sharing, I am passing this one on!!

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      You have captured the essence of beauty in this beautiful poem and you summed it up so well in these words,

      "When asked what true beauty is

      What is beautiful that sets us apart

      A gift of ourselves, from the heart."

      Voted up, awesome, and beautiful!

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      KDuBarry03 5 years ago

      What is the essence of beauty? It is our soul and how we share our soul. What makes us beautiful people is how we look at ourselves and say, "This is who I am and I will show it".

      Thanks for a great sestina, Michelle! Sharing this on here and FB!

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      Jools99 5 years ago from North-East UK

      Michelle, lovely sestinas and also a nicely formatted hub. I loved your dividers and you used some great photos. The message of your poem is very clear too - real beauty is within.

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      I'll go over and read it now, Mary!! I'm so glad you like this, and that you've come by!! Always look forward to your visits!

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Tammy!! Glad you've enjoyed it!! I've got to thank the great photographers....they do wonderful close ups!!!

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, whonunuwho!! I've read your poem on music and I must say I've enjoyed that!! A wonderful piece!

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, dghbrh, for coming by! Glad you've enjoyed this hub. I really appreciate that, and your awesome support!! You're awesome!

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Yes, Janine, and sadly too few people remember that....no matter how they claim otherwise. True beauty comes from within.....not without and it's actually about caring for others. Thanks, my dear, for coming by!

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      I absolutely love this Hub. You have said SO much, and very meaningfull.

      May I link this into mine " I Find Beauty In Everything". These two have the same message, I think.

      I voted this UP and will share.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Excellent sestinas. This is one of the most beautifully constructed hubs I have ever seen. Gorgeous!

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      whonunuwho 5 years ago from United States

      A wonderful work of truth and beauty, thanks midget38.

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      deergha 5 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

      Essence of beauty is very beautiful.....your mind is very beautiful indeed....very brilliant poem...loved very much to read....beautifully woven:-)

      Votes up and awesome....shares also:-)

      Michelle ....thanks for sharing this one.

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      Janine Huldie 5 years ago from New York, New York

      What really makes true beauty I do agree with your essential message that true beauty comes from the heart and therefore beauty is not we we see on the outside, but tucked deep inside of us all. Loved this and made me think of my love for my family (my husband and my girls) and how my heart truly does run deep for them. How I would do anything for them and to keep them safe and happy as well. Michelle, thanks for making me self reflect a bit this morning. Have of course voted and shared too!!

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      What really makes a person beautiful? Some reflections in a Sestina.