Illusion of Beauty Versus Ugly
physical beauty is an illusion
transitory in nature
what appears as physical beauty 
can change in a heartbeat
actions of an individual
reveals ugliness or beauty
regardless of physical attributes
have you ever met someone
at first glance 
beautiful to your eyes
in a short time
unkind actions, abusive speech
at second glance  
beauty has turned to ugly
too often one who did not
possess a physical beauty
when first glanced upon
through the loving actions
of their heart and mind
soon physical appearance
like a caterpillar 
becomes the butterfly 
resplendence of the inner soul 
becomes the outer beauty
look not with your physical eyes
if you are looking for genuinine beauty
physical appearance is a mirage
true beauty is often hidden
in a protective shell of unsightliness
requires time and a second look
©dorianna ric
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This poem is written for dverse for the prompt of  ‘beauty in ugliness’. 
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17 thoughts on “Illusion of Beauty Versus Ugly

    1. So true Gina, not all physically beautiful people are bad, and not all unattractive are good, as you say…point being not to judge the beauty of a person by outward appearance by letting their actions reveal the beauty held within.

  1. I enjoyed this response to the prompt. Your poem really emphasizes how fragile the superficial beauty is, how easily it can be erased by the much more powerful inner beauty. It’s amazing the way our open hearts and minds can transform someone before our eyes….bringing their beauty within to the outside. 🙂

  2. Fascinating post! Quite thought-provoking.

    I love all kinds of beauty, physical and otherwise. But I accept ugly too. I try not to snob ugly — at l east physically ugly. Not too happy with spiritually ugly.

    Thanks for sharing this.

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