beauty is …


evident in


deny one’s

own needs

to satisfy one

who’s even

more needy.


go hungry to

feed a child,

feel thirsty by

sharing last

water bottle,

be humbled by

another’s honor.


listen to



ease a pain,

change a bed

or diaper for

young or old.


doesn’t come

naturally, but

life and love

will demand

we give up

our own ugly



if we want to

live beautiful.



Written for Mary’s poetry prompt on “beauty” at d’Verse Poets