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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      3. Sadje says:

        πŸ‘

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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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  11. Wonderful piece of creativity…. The words so deep that can mesmerize anyone!

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much. I’m glad you liked it

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  12. justcalmwildness says:

    I love how you approached this topic. Beauty has a lot of debates and risks. It can be a gift yet a curse. It can be used for good yet be weaponized. Good read. Love the shape of the poem and as always great punchline.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you Jackie, it means a lot that you like and empathise with this🌼🌸

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much KimπŸ’•

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  13. It’s a great pleasure, Jude.

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  14. Jules says:

    This piece is really stunning. And reminds me of the story of Cassandra of Troy ~ (from Wiki) : Cassandra or Kassandra, was a priestess of Apollo in Greek mythology cursed to utter true prophecies, but never to be believed. And I think more accurately portrayed like your image in a segment of one of the Neil DeGrasse
    Tyson Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (could have been the second series he hosted Cosmos: Possible Worlds).

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Jules. I’ll check out the references. and brush up on the history too

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  15. A dark poem. I love the tone. Wonderful use of the prompts.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Traci for sharing πŸ™πŸΎπŸŒΈπŸŒΌ

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      1. You’re welcome, Jude!

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  16. A stacked double inverted Etheree including a fabulous composition. I do like where the prompt words led you. There is a darkness to your words that is magical! ❀

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Colleen. I’m glad you appreciate this πŸ€—β€οΈπŸ’›πŸŒ·

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      1. You have reached new levels with your poetry, Jude. Time to write a book! LOL! ❀

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      2. judeitakali says:

        I’m actually doing final touches 🀞🏾

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      3. Yay! Good for you. I’ll be happy to read and review. πŸ˜€

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      4. judeitakali says:

        Thank you Colleen, I’m at the self publish or get published point. Pondering

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      5. Poetry books are read by other poets. I’d self-publish. My research says it hard to find a publisher if you aren’t someone famous. Maybe you have better information? Whatever you do, go with your gut. It will be the best thing for you.

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      6. judeitakali says:

        Yeah I will Colleen, just trying to trim the self publishing budget then I decide. Thank you so much πŸ’•

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  17. Khwahish S says:

    This was a beautiful read!

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you Khwahish. I’m so glad you like it πŸ’•πŸŒΌπŸŒ·πŸŒΈ

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  18. merrildsmith says:

    Women have been blamed for so much. It’s no wonder that some have used their beauty for their own advantage.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Yeah I agree, I had to specify that it’s a cruel environment that forces them to pick that option

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