a combination of qualities such as shape, color, or form, that pleases the aesthetic senses, especially the sight.
Despite the definition, we all know that beauty is subjective. We are thankfully unique in our own tastes, opinions, expectations and the way in which we see or feel beauty.
There are some places, objects, creatures, images that are more pronounced in terms of ugliness. These are the ones I would like us to look at today…..with new eyes.
Find the beauty in the ugly. Open yourself up to discover something not as noticeable at first glance. Refuse to be repulsed by what you see. Embrace the ugliness and transform it into something beautiful before your eyes. Then pen it into a poem.
You may want to express the contrasts of perspectives or you may simply focus on the beauty alone. To be clear, I am not asking you to find beauty in evil. There is no beauty to be found there. Explore the deformities of nature, the unsightliness of a cluttered mess, or the details of decay. Choose an image that you would normally not find attractive. In other words, if you can immediately find the prettiness in the warty toad, leave him for someone else’s muse. Challenge yourself in the discovery of beauty. Feel free to use one of the following photos from pixabay.com (click to enlarge) or find one of your own.
This is Michelle Beauchamp (Mish), your host for today’s Poetics.
To join in:
- Write a poem in response to the prompt and post it to your blog/website.
- Copy the direct URL to your poem and your name into Mr.Linky.
- Post the link to dVerse on your blog and social media sites.
- Drop into the pub comment section to say hello.
- Please read and comment on the work of others.
- Have fun!
Björn Rudberg (brudberg) said:
When I saw the prompt first I remembered that I wrote a poem about Beauty just the other week… maybe more finding the ugly in beauty though, so I like this a lot… found a picture myself and just looked for its beauty.
Oh I can’t wait to see what you came up with, Bjorn. On the trail soon.
A beautiful and challenging prompt Mish. Thank you for making us appreciate the beauty in ugliness. Happy Tuesday everyone.
Happy Tuesday, Grace. 🙂
I did one, and then I saw that picture of cigarette butts and thought – “I could never find beauty in that” – so I had to do another one. Great prompt, Mish!
Haha, Sarah. Yes, I couldn’t resist either. Thanks for your enthusiasm! 🙂
Thank you for hosting and for the prompt, Mish, which I enjoyed – I just found it hard to choose an image. Then I remembered that lemons are very smelly and disgusting when they go off, we’ve had a few and you don’t realise it’s the lemon until you move the other fruit aside! Ping! Inspiration 🙂 I’m dying to see what everyone’s written for this.
My pleasure, Kim. 🙂
I’ve had the same issue….a lovely bowl full of fruit hiding the nasty one. I can smell mold a mile away. Eww!
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Happy Tuesday everyone! I’m in our laundry room with only my phone, so will get on the reading trail in about an hour or so. Looking to read some beautifully lovely posts!
PS: love the prompt, Mish😊
Thanks Lillian! 🙂
Frank Hubeny said:
Thanks for hosting, Mish. I used my own photos of items I am still trying to find attractive, but figure there should be beauty everywhere.
Good point, Frank. I think there is more than we will ever know.
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Charmed Chaos said:
Thanks for hosting Mis. Joining in today.
Great! Looking forward to reading yours soon. 🙂
wonderful prompt Mish, it got me thinking about the beauty in my world, and also to be grateful for so many things. still a wet and rainy world here and I am curled up writing about the beauty in ugly. Linking up soon.
Hi Gina! 🙂 I like your positive outlook.
A rainy day is perfect for writing.
thanks Mish. yes it is very inspiring!
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Welcome everyone! Home from a long day at work. Thanks for joining in! 🙂
Frank J. Tassone said:
Good Evening, Poets! Thanks, Mish, for the insightful prompt! There’s a deep mystery in discovering the beautiful within the ugly!
Hi Frank! That is so true. It goes against our natural instincts as we all have our boundaries of beauty vs. ugliness. Thanks for joining in! 🙂
V.J. Knutson said:
Thanks for hosting Mish. It just so happens I encountered an ugly part of self today, so I took your cue and looked for a redeeming aspect of her. Worn out from the day, but will come back tomorrow to read all the beauty.
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Dorianna Ric (paint-it-poetry) said:
In my life, many times I have met someone who was not attractive to my eyes, yet as I got to know them they became beautiful, even to my eyes because of the beauty inside causing me to conclude that physical beauty is an illusion. On this premise I built my poem. I hope you like. It is an interesting topic but not as easy to write. 🙂
Hi Dorianna…thanks for joining in. Yes, I like your perspective that physical beauty is only an illusion. I think there are different types and interpretations of beauty. It’s such an individual choice of how we see and feel it. For this exercise, we definitely had to look deeper than the physical appeal. I’m sure I will like your poem. Back on the poetry trail tonight.
Jonathan Caswell said:
May I share this chakkenge with my readers?
Hi Jonathan…feel free to share the link to the prompt. Our doors are open. 🙂
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Jonathan Caswell said:
Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:
TAKE THE CHALLENGE, POETS!!!!! 🙂
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I was 14 minutes late, to be able to post, so I will post here.
Beauty in Ugliness
What is beautiful
What is ugly
Only you can say
It is personal
The whole idea of beauty
Is a mystery
Since beauty is not to be found
In this world
Rather in the eye of the beholder
Often one cannot say
What is beauty
Is it first light of day
Is it your smile
The sparkle in your eyes
The light that shines from within
The smoothness of your dress
The buttons on your jacket
Your little pink nose
The glorious sunset
The blue color of the lizard’s tail
Perhaps it is memory
The two boys who died to soon
Strong and tall
Or you, in your red bathing suit
Trailed by your little black dog
Beauty is awe of this world
For what else do we know
The sparkle of stars
The glow of the moon
Perhaps beauty is a poem
With words so carefully selected
I can “see” what you “say”
My heart stops for just one second
It takes my breath away
October 18, 2018
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