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Encapsulated Beauty

Subjective beauty hanging on a wall
Mesmerising colours and strokes tall
A portrait of a mystery girl
With bewitching beauty and bright blonde curls
A painting with cracks all through
Still show the standards we have to peruse

The girl has seen plenty of centuries
Watched families, collected their memories
For she is reduced to sit there and stare
and still be beautiful in her despair
Her world consists of mere paper
Which with one flourish of water can take her

So she asks what is a better life
Having painted eyes or full sight?

Next time you see a portrait of a girl
Do not be so mesmerised by her curls
For this encapsulated beauty had a life on her own
Yet only ever will her face be known

And after all this, the panting is replica
So she’s not even rare, you’re just hanging her
And framed her for all to see
Cementing her namelessness for eternity

About this poem

It is my attempt to imagine life, however weird it sounds, from the perspective of a painting. Just sitting there and watching generations pass by.

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Submitted by Aurelianova on May 08, 2022

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Aurelia Nova

Aurelia is a new poet, having just written poems for a few months. She mainly tackles themes of the complexity of love, and the mystery of somewhat inconsequential things. more…

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  • Dougla$Irishman
    Beauty is only really skin deep, what you see is not what you get !
    A truly beautiful person is a caring compassionate person who likes you inspite of your mistakes!
    LikeReplyReport1 month ago
  • james965
    I'm such an idiot! I accidentally voted 2 stars on this. I loved this poem, and looking forward to see what you do in the future.
    LikeReplyReport 11 month ago
  • Soulwriter
    Just beautiful.
    LikeReplyReport 12 months ago
  • abielias1
    This reminds me of Percy Bysse Shelley's 'Ozymandias'. You have chosen a great poetic tradition to follow in discussing the immortality of art, and have done it very well
    LikeReplyReport 22 months ago
  • susies
    Thought provoking...in terms of beauty and ageing
    LikeReplyReport 23 months ago
  • sircharlenesir
    It gives life and infuses humanity into a painting, the subject of which is admired for solely her beauty. I love the idea, the ability to notice something profound in the seemingly mundane. It's splendid.
    LikeReplyReport 23 months ago
  • Johnjsheehy
    Yes I love this poem
    LikeReplyReport 23 months ago


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