Daily Archives: August 17, 2015

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Community Service.”


you are beautiful
acknowledge your loveliness
know your strengths
defend their honour with your life
when the thief comes
to steal away your skills and abilities
with his belittling lies
accompanied by casual shrug
or red face and angry shouts
or sweetly, as if in kindness
with the addition of “useful advice”
don’t let him erode your beauty
close your ears to his noise
for by merely listening
you give him the power to
take it all away and leave you crippled.

you are beautiful
you may be a sleepy eyed puppy, a butterfly
a fish swimming free in a pond, or a frog
you may be a blushing rose or a wild dock
a boy with low grades or a golden girl
you may work in a call centre or in law
sleep on the streets or between silk sheets
you may be loved by many or by none
but you are beautiful
you are beautiful

©Jane Paterson Basil