What is Beauty to You? by Shobana Gomes

A water color painting of a couple beneath a tree upon a hill of flowers
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What is beauty to you? he once asked me. We stood among the flowers, on a hill where sunrises never set. The day remained gloriously endowed by all that charmed.

I stared ahead at the wonder of it all. Would a question like that require a tender heart, or would it be in passing that I should present my thoughts?

How do I begin to capture what I want to say in words?

Not all of the time does one know how to express tender words,

Not where beauty is concerned.

So I say to him,

When you see the world with tenderness,

No worth in words will take prominence,

Nor will you see flawed perfection,

As you believe you will see a vision,

of enchantment.

Love is like the rainbow, a feast of sublimation after a storm.


Shobana Gomes lives in sunny Malaysia. She believes that poetry is a culmination of heart and soul. Therein she finds her peace and inspiration. She advocates that life is a gift and believes that every person has a right to freedom. You can follow her on her social media pages or visit her blog SIMPLY SHOBANA to read her work.

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10 Comments Add yours

  1. Terveen Gill says:

    Shobana’s poetry is an honest and pure way of expressing love for all things no matter the way they are. Love and beauty reside in the eyes of the beholder and there’s no clear definition for either. It’s more of what we feel than what we see. Let’s fill the world with visions of beauty that resonate their goodness for generations to come.
    Congratulations Shobana!

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    1. Thank you so much, Terveen. A beautiful thing to say. I resonate wholeheartedly with your words.

      Liked by 2 people

  2. Mike U. says:

    Beautiful sentiments and imagery in this one, Shobana. Gorgeous writing as always. 🙂

    Liked by 3 people

  3. Thank you, Mike. I am so happy you liked the poem. Coming from you is a great compliment.

    Liked by 2 people

  4. haoyando says:

    Yes, enchanted by the flawed perfection.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Thanks so much, Haoyando. Yes, true that it is an enchantment of flawed perfection. You described it well.


  5. Very nice. I think our languages are limiting when it comes to true beauty, because there are no words to accurately describe it.

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    1. Thanks so much, Brandon. Yes, words can never be rightly said when describing beauty, you are right.


  6. jonicaggiano says:

    Shobana I think this is your most beautiful piece, I just love every word. A whole story, an entire truth in a few lines. I hope some day I can capture this kind of beauty and intense emotion in a story with such few words. What a blessing and such a gorgeous piece. Congratulations and thank you so much for your words, big hugs, Joni

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