Beauty is Not

(Okay, this is the first poem I've written in nearly two decades, so please be kind ^_^. I didn't even mean to get back into poetry, this just popped into my head and I knew I had to write it, and hoped it was worth sharing)

BEAUTY IS NOT
By Gerilyn Marin

I submit to you that beauty is not a color.
It is not a shape.
It is not a weight.
It is not a length of hair, nor a shade of locks.
Beauty is within.
It is a feeling.
It is an essence.
It is an air,
A grace,
A state of mind.
If a person seems to possess none,
Then I submit to you that you do not truly know them.
You know not the battles they've fought.
You know not the scars their hearts bear.
You know not the burdens they carry with a smile.
You know not the harsh realities
Which have carved the hard edges you call
Ugly.
I submit to you that if you cannot find beauty in another,
Then perhaps the fault lies in you.

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