Behind the Beauty (An etheree)

Gifted with beauty, cursed with seduction
Is it her fault she evokes such lust
Is she wrong to wield it and gain
To flaunt her ruby red hair
Honey sweet lips that tease
Tapered waist and hips
A classy dame
lythe with lies
Clever
and
Sly
Vibrant
Cursed yet graced
What choice to make
Envied but twisted
Or admired and abused
Is beauty truly her curse
braided in her coral dark locks
Or does a monster hide deep within
Far behind those fertile green and brown eyes

Beauty is a gift
But in a cruel world
Those endowed often face but two options
To suffer it as a curse
Or to wield it as a weapon


I wrote this etheree poem for Colleen’s weekly challenge , the prompt was chosen by Jaye

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67 Comments Add yours

  1. kittysverses says:

    True. Nice one, Jude. πŸ™‚

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Kitty

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      1. kittysverses says:

        You are welcome, Jude. πŸ™‚

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  2. The last two lines leave us with something to ponder on…. lovely composition Jude, as always πŸ™‚

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you Radhika, it’s a sensitive subject, I felt like putting one or two disclaimers but I just withheld

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  3. Chris Hall says:

    Another great piece, Jude πŸ™‚

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Chris πŸ€—πŸ€—

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  4. Sadje says:

    You’ve explored a very interesting question!

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Yeah very sensitive, I wanted to make it unisex but couldn’t do that justice though it applies to both sexes

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      1. Sadje says:

        That is absolutely true. The way a person handles their beauty, or the lack of it depends on their personality too.

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      2. judeitakali says:

        I agree🌸🌼

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  5. Beauty can be a gift indeed. Too much of anything can be a bad thing. Beauty can be a curse or a weapon. A brilliant take on the prompt,Jude

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Shweta. Is there such a thing as too much beauty though?

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      1. Haha. I wouldn’t know that. But extremely beautiful people might get tired of people admiring them and judging them by their looks.

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      2. judeitakali says:

        Haha, yeah though I think those are the small percentage

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  6. You know, Jude, this is so true. Beauty often is used as a weapon or is a curse for the person.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Yes indeed Roberta. I’m glad you agree, tho it does depend on who wields it. I personally think beauty is a blessing but know that it can be besmirched

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      1. It is a blessing in the right circumstances, Jude, as with most things in life.

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      2. judeitakali says:

        You’re right, tho at times ‘we’ have to create our own circumstances

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  7. This is beyond beautiful Jude.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Gabriella

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      1. My pleasure πŸ’•

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  8. memadtwo says:

    That is a very good observation Jude. I never wanted beauty for that very reason. I would put fame in that category too. (K)

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Yet beauty is a platform that can be used for good, because most people want to be associated with it, it gives a natural voice

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  9. Elizabeth says:

    You Etheree is luscious! So true, beauty has 2 sides, I think they depend on the holder of the beauty and who sees that beauty.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Very much so Elizabeth. Privilege in beauty and humility go a long way to distinguish.
      Yes, I think you’re right, on the holder and the beholder.

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  10. PoojaG says:

    Loved the contrast between the outer beauty and inner monster!

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Pooja, I’m glad you’ve highlighted that. I wanted to show the other side of physical beauty in a subtle but equally important way

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      1. PoojaG says:

        You’re very welcome!

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