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Ugly Is Beautiful

The hideous wrinkles and folds 
unmistakingly reveal the damage
that the harsh years had wrought,
all the battles waged and fought, 
won and lost.

I look at her now sunken face, 
beaten and badly weathered,
and there is no mistaking 
a perfect beauty she was
not that many years ago. 

She smiles, a hint of a dimple
peeking through the loose skin, 
faint signs of high cheekbones
desperately wanting to be seen, 
strong jaws chiseled on a face
that must have been stunning
when she was younger. 

Alas, all her enviable perfections
the passage of the years wasted,
disfigured, marred beyond repair 
by the envious hands of time. 

While this ugly observer focuses 
on her now terribly faded image, 
with a smile I sigh without envy, 
listening to a voice whispering: 
the more beauty one possesses, 
the greater is the loss in the end. 

Time, the great equalizer! 
Ugly from birth and ugly till death, 
I can take it all with a hearty laugh 
as there is not much I will give up,
for the years cannot take away
what from the start I never had.

Ah, ugly is much more preferable
and perfectly beautiful after all.

Copyright © Wilfredo Derequito

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  1. Date: 7/15/2010 6:21:00 AM
    ooh yes, I remember this one very well. perhaps it has to do with a body builder you know??? muahahahahaha! "hideous wrinkles and folds"? you do not hold back in this one!!! ok, so this is just a silly comment, but silly is beautiful!!! : )) xoxo

  1. Date: 5/3/2010 5:08:00 PM
    Great introspective poem filled with so many things to ponder about the 'appearances' of beauty, and how beauty is percieved through the eyes of others. Well written. Chris.

  1. Date: 2/4/2010 11:36:00 AM
    Where have you been Freddy? Missing you loads... The young one, Farah

  1. Date: 12/15/2009 5:54:00 PM
    Awesome write, Fred! This is going to my favs.! I'm glad I found this! Peace and love, Audrey

  1. Date: 12/8/2009 6:29:00 AM
    Hi Fred, So nice to hear from you and thank you for your comments, much appreciated. Wishing you and yours a joyous Christmas. bfn my friend. Love, Lainie

  1. Date: 11/28/2009 2:57:00 PM
    Soup Mail, Fred...

  1. Date: 11/28/2009 5:34:00 AM
    And beauty is from the inside as well .. this is a unique poem and I enjoyed your message.. u cannot miss what u never had.. but your interior beauty is evident.. so keep expressing what u are feeling and sharing with us on the Soup.. intricate writing I enjoyed..blessings.. luv.. Linda-Marie, P.E.P.S. "Sweetheart"

  1. Date: 11/20/2009 7:54:00 PM
    Yes Indeed! This is a fantastic piece of writing my friend. Hope all is well with you. Miss you here at the soup. Lainie

  1. Date: 11/5/2009 9:18:00 AM
    Well, here I am again. Think I've commented on this wonderful, auto-biographical write enough, Fred ... but I did want to thank you for your most recent comment ... Yes, I love stirring up the Soup ... keep it spicy ... smile ... have a wonderful Thanksgiving, my friend and stay healthy !!

  1. Date: 9/25/2009 5:19:00 PM
    well I do agree that all things will equal out in the end BIG HUGS. Light & Love..VERY perceptive!

  1. Date: 8/28/2009 5:38:00 AM
    you've got mail ^^

  1. Date: 8/28/2009 3:38:00 AM
    Freddy Freddy! How have you been doing? I have truly missed you indeed...You looked real good in the Petra pictures you sent who exactly are you talking about? hah..come on!

  1. Date: 8/16/2009 2:54:00 PM
    Wilfredo, I may have been inspired by your poem. It brought many feelings to my soul. God and man look at ugly and beauty in different ways. As they say, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. And when I behold, I look through the eyes and into the heart. For afterall, that is where beauty starts. I do believe that God probably looks at it that way, too. All of the wrinkles and double chins are simply another phase of beauty at mankind's journey's end. Lovingly, Dane

  1. Date: 7/11/2009 6:40:00 PM
    You've been looking in my mirror again, Fredo ... NO FAIR ... LOL ... there is nothing ugly about character ... we just have lots and lots and lots of character ... LOL ... come back soon with more great writes!! This ones a keeper for me!!

  1. Date: 6/24/2009 4:16:00 PM
    Interesting perspective in this poem. Good use of imagery to convey your thoughts. I also wanted to stop by and thank you for all your efforts with On Butterfly Wings. It's talented people like you that have made this beautiful book possible. I hope you are enjoying it as much as I am. Blessings to you. Karen

  1. Date: 6/11/2009 8:07:00 PM
    I can relate to this as the pediatric nurse held me up by my hands and slapped me in the face. By the way, Fred, I have the American Pie CD and the best of Don McLean. I'll have to look for the Greatest Hits CD. Funny but we appear to have very much, the same taste in music. Been a Kristofferson fan for years. Vince

  1. Date: 5/29/2009 3:36:00 AM
    She sounds like your perfect mate Wilfredo. It took me two marriages to realize beauty is the attractant for reproduction. Inner beauty is the trumph card to win the hand. I have never been of model status. Like comparing Sally Fields to Halle Berry. But I do know what and how to love and to me that is everything.-Sorry to dissapoint. What do you look like? Come on- be honest-AA

  1. Date: 5/26/2009 12:48:00 PM
    I enjoy reading your poem ... coming from inside the subject you brought me into it and I felt the sensitivity that made your write so full of esteem. Bravo

  1. Date: 5/18/2009 8:30:00 AM
    Thrilling poem.

  1. Date: 5/17/2009 8:41:00 AM
    Ah, beauty. my wrinkles are showing, and to tell you the truth, it bites ass. but, you are correct, ugly inside is the ugliest ugly of all. excellent poem - not a hint of sex in it? or maybe it's hiding between the folds? Love, K