Beauty

 

The essence of all is consistent.

What adds difference
and lifts the plain to shining peaks
or reduces it to valleys dark

are qualities.

 

Beauty stands proud

as the mediator that defines mediocrity

and all that is foul and all that inspires

and all that gives life value.

 

It slows our time

and distracts the mind and the eye

and causes the soul to cry

and to laugh and to ponder.

 

If beauty be science

and the grandiosity of knowing.

Or the pause that knowing gives to observation.

And the gentle confusion that then arises.

 

That response we have

to a mere curve

or to a change that’s different.

Or some shift in balance between weights

that has some hidden mathematical rhythm,

or some subtlety that knows

real wisdom and causes us to falter.

 

Some subtle insight that speaks

of an embellishment to our view

and which stands just slightly out of reach.

That soothes our heart

as might the passing glimpse

of a friend who smiles

but who we don’t know.

 

 

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