Looking For Beauty …



Looking For Beauty –

Do you see what l see?

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder it is often said,
Meaning that to see such, is but within our head,
So many fail to see with their own two eyes,
And refuse to believe what exists in many a guise,
Taken in by what we wish for others to but see,
Can we say therefore, that what we do see is true beauty?
As l walk with my dogs, l am dazzled by many delights,
Some would see what l see, as nothing but blights,

They are the fools in truth, for we are surrounded by so much,
Blatantly obvious delicacies of the world in which we touch,
And yet some are taken in by falsehoods of belief,
Seeking comfort in treasures of their own relief,
When you look for beauty, what is it you see,
That makes you believe that you are totally happy?
Some see materialism as the way towards riches,
And to them, this is the ultimate manipulative switch,

To believing that what they hold is the truest of beauty,
When in fact, all they hold are products of reality,
But is this truly a beautiful thing, to behold to one’s soul?
Spending out constantly to somehow fill your empty hole?
Are you content at the end of the day, with your newest of ‘things?’
Proudly boasting to your friends and praises do you sing,
That you hold in your hand a work of beauty truest,
Mankind’s‘ best in art ,sculptures or some other such purest,

Yet can you not see what lies before you, just outside?
In the world in which you live, but from it you do hide,
Can you not see perhaps the sky in which we live under?
Now there is a beauty, this is a work of truest wonder,
For within this alone, we do have the rises and sets of the sun,
Watching them create and fade is something that cannot be outdone,
I admire products of beauty of this l can and will not deny,
Beautiful poetry, music, artistry and other such desires,

However when looking at beauty, what is it that l see?
Well, the world in which we live seriously impresses me,
Pastures of green, toiled soils, woodlands and rivers,
Nature herself, the sky above, fragrances by air all deliver,
To me a sense of calm and tranquillity, and this is beauty,
But l am easily pleased, more so than some and can see,
That we must not forget the truest beauty of them all,
And that is ‘us’, the peoples of our world large and small,

To receive a charming smile from a beautiful face,
Or to hear the laughter from a child is a warm embrace,
Seeing a couple in love on a glorious seasonal day,
Or being with the love of your life who still makes you sway,
To have friends when you need them the most,
Or simply to have someone when you feel lost,
I think that the truest of beauty is found deep in,
Us, unseen and quiet but more importantly just within.

© Rory Matier 2012

30 thoughts on “Looking For Beauty …

  1. I love how you chose a thistle for this post’s featured image. It captures the essence of the poem beautifully, as thistles, though quite pretty when in bloom, are destroyed with a fervor for being ‘weeds.’

      1. Yep, still busy; I have an extensive backlog of posts I need to get to. Then there’s work, and I’m supposed to be working on my thesis somehow.

        Stay tuned though, I have a very exciting post coming up 😉

        I see you haven’t slowed down at all!

        1. Well it’s always good to be busy, so l am pleased you are keeps the body trim and the mind sound 🙂

          Nope l haven’t slowed down, if anything it’s the opposite, took it easier this morning though.

          The problem with weeds is people only view them as such, whereas l view them as flowers in the wrong place. Thistles are stunning when in bloom, and this bee was being ‘busy within the beauty itself’ 🙂

        2. We have a lot of ‘weeds’ over here that were at one point in their history before consumerism and demand for more exciting culinary dishes were in fact grown as crops for the harvest and for the table.

          Dandelions as you point out is one, the whole plant is edible leaves, root and flower.

          We have another one commonly called Keck, or better known as ‘Cows Parsley’ is another, but there is one called Fools Parsley that can kill, as the two are similiar and it takes the right foraging knowledge to know the differences.

          Clover can be eaten and used in salads or sauteed, as well as serving medicinal purposes or even tea.

          Plantains also known as ribworts can be eaten through a variety of methods, Chickweed, Mallow, Dock.

          Nettle can be used to make wine and tea.

          Borage, Cleavers also known as sticky willy, charlock – its leaves used to be used as cabbage, wild mustard and wild garlic, elderberry and in truth a natural forager could survive in the wild quite easily – may not be the most exciting dishes, but all are edible.

          It’s people’s perceptions of what is acceptable in their gardens that are the main culprits 🙂

  2. Truly lovely. Indeed we are often unaware of the beauty around us, caught up in the artificial and shallow. Thanks for sharing

  3. Happy Seasons Greeting, I found your beautiful writing this blessed morning. Beauty is everywhere in God’s creation, miracles appear for those who have eyes to see. Love the choice of photo, the Rose with her pure white petal and kissed with dew which had been touched by the God Light. Blessings to you.

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