What is beauty?
I wandered from place to place to find out the true meaning of beauty
I pondered over various books to trace out its origins as a line of duty.
She said, "You are beautiful"
I asked her to elucidate her statement and make it more meaningful.
She gave me a pointing cold look
Still, I wanted to know its real meaning by hook or crook.
I continued my journey to reach the destination of true beauty
In no one I could find its real meaning, be it in sweety or in her dolly tweety.
My tired body demanded rest for the night
So I decided to relax under the canopy of the twilight.
I stretched my knackered spine on the grassy mattress
Soon I slipped into the world of slumber leaving behind all of the day's stress.
I found myself walking in the garden of dreamy reality
I immersed my soul into the honey of life like a devotee
I witnessed the closed fist of a new life born out of hours of hard labour.
I was astonished to see the body that cried in pain till then jumping on the happiness harbour.
I saw the soil sharing its fragrance with the world after being perfumed by the rain drop
I heard the heartfelt? hymns and tunes rendered by the harvested crop.
My heart involuntarily said, "BEAUTIFUL"
I walked further and found myself dipped in the sweat of a stone cutter
I greeted the eternal love between the cute old couple that turned their wrinkled skin brighter
I enjoyed the delicious taste of the juicy cherries hanging from the honest tree of hard work
I was mesmerized at the inspiring sight of the winning team's collective work
My vocal chords merrily vibrated and said, "BEAUTIFUL"
I continued my journey.
I met a colorful butterfly that's eagerly sucking the nectar from the flower
I met the mighty mangrove that shouldered the task of coastal defence
I took a glance at the orange sky that bid bye to the sun for the day and embraced the moon
I waved at the flock of birds while they set to their home after finishing their daily chores.
My soul whispered, "BEAUTIFUL"
As I continued my journey, my eyes witnessed a lot more.
A challenging task,
An innovative thought,
A few words of wisdom,
An enthusiastic child,
A warm and caring hug,
An encouraging pat,
A loving home,
An expected baby,
A welcoming smile,
An adventurous journey,
A game of chance and everything out of self choice.
The light of hope in despair,
The hope of life amidst pain,
The elegance in the brave bone of a country,
The bliss around the campfire of the cold night.
My body vibrated with joy and cried, "BEAUTIFUL"
I woke up to the warm kiss of the sunrise.
Having known the true meaning of beauty, I marched ahead realising the true beauty in ME.
Copyright © Swetha Vangaveti | Year Posted 2018
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