Treasure Island

john tiong chunghoo

(Jan 21,1960 / NEW YORK)

04. Beautiful Women


young women, old women
in their heart
despite the years
the yearning to be beautiful

young women, old women
they look at each other
one with envy
the other with fear and contempt (of the wrinkles, old age)

young women, old women
they look into each other
one for a mother
the other for a daughter

Submitted: Saturday, May 14, 2005
Edited: Saturday, September 27, 2008

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  • Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (7/9/2014 3:25:00 AM)

    Nicely said the reality of wrinkles and old age and their envy to the younger ones though I think in reality cannot be taken as a routine or regular impression persists in old women who have seen the world in different circumstances and sufferings and also glad moments of life. The poem is beautiful. (Report) Reply

  • Rory Hudson (3/12/2009 11:53:00 PM)

    Sensitive and well expressed. The repetition of the first line makes it hang together well. (Report) Reply

  • Christine Kerr (3/8/2009 12:10:00 PM)

    Your pretty good at reading a woman's mind. Showing the envy and needing the compassion. Very high emotions at both ends Good write (Report) Reply

  • Palas Kumar Ray (7/29/2008 2:16:00 AM)

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    Good poem.It is said that Women in general long for beauty
    but it's in their youth.Old women and envy! perhaps I'm not agreeing.
    May be you are true.
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