Writing Resources from Fifteen Minutes of Fiction
Entranced by Beauty DivineHow lovely thou art, my beloved one,
Pure beauty and grace thine image shows.
Thy features shine like morning's rays;
Like moonbeams and starlight thy visage glows.
In awe and silent rapture, entranced I stand;
No words will tell thy beauty divine.
I weep for those who never know this joy -
Of owning a mirror as lovely as mine.
Ode to a ToadO! Warted prince, with bulging eyes
Is there a king behind thy cruel disguise?
With noble words, and songs unsung,
Trapped behind amphibian tongue?
And should some maid, grotesque but true,
With love's embrace thy form renew,
Would thou, with love and gentle grace,
Look past the mask that veils her face?
Beauty Lies Too HeavyBeauty lies too heavy upon the frame of those who wear it,
And brings its tragic grief and pain upon the ones who bear it.
In beauty lies deceit of time, with hopeful promise doomed to fail,
And those whose trust is placed therein, soon discover cruel betrayal.
For onward flows time’s rushing stream, blindly drowning beauty’s light,
And leaves its driftwood on the shore, a hollow, dry, decaying blight.
As clanging bells upon a spire, so beauty’s chimes will toll
And often drown amidst their din, true beauty of the soul.
Demanding in its brazen call, it stirs each wandering gaze,
While kindly words and humble hearts will gain no open praise.
And thus I seek no more its charms, its lies and claims untrue,
But offer thanks to God above, for I was born much uglier than you.
Mother Nature's Beauty PageantMother Nature hosted a pageant last week,
With contestants of each size, each shape and physique.
There were birds and bees and sycamore trees,
Elephants, tigers, and my Great Aunt Louise.
But the question foremost on each anxious heart:
“Which creature has beauty that sets it apart?
Is there one that’s more lovely than all of the rest?
One with such beauty we’ll crown it the best?”
At last came the moment for which we were waiting,
That ended all argument, protest and debating.
Which species would win the grand beauty prize?
It wasn’t the humans, to our shock and surprise.
And though you might think it absurdly preposterous
The winner this year was our friend the rhinoceros.
For beauty, they say, is as thick as your skin
And compared to a rhino, yours is quite thin.
Love SonnetDraw near and listen well to hear my tale
Of truest love and perfect joy combined -
A love like this is destined ne'er to fail;
My heart with hers shall ever be entwined.
Her eyes are quaint, perplexing to behold -
The left is green, the right like silvered frost.
With eyelids drooped, and crust in every fold,
She stops my heart with eyes so oddly crossed.
Her ears, so large they hang below her knees
Ofttimes she gets them tangled 'twixt her toes,
And other times they flap in morning breeze,
Unless she braids them with her giant nose.
The world shall never know these flaws so vile;
I'll only paint my Mona Lisa's smile.
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