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Beauty Need Not Be Truth

A beautiful house need not be a home,
a beautiful person need not be humane,
a beautiful book may have writings profane,
a beautiful office building may be rife
with dishonesty and shame.

A beautiful dress may not impress,
a beautiful bag may be filled with trash,
a beautiful ornament need not be of gold,
a beautiful car may never get sold.

We all know too well -
“All that glitters is not gold”.
Keats said: “Beauty is truth, truth beauty, - that is all…”
But beauty need not be truth -
We need to realize this before we fall.


24 June 2010
1: 30 pm

Submitted: Thursday, June 24, 2010


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  • Rm. Shanmugam Chettiar (7/6/2010 12:12:00 AM)

    i understand you through the poem nicely ended. keep up. cheers. shan

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  • Gan Chennai (6/26/2010 12:03:00 PM)

    Definitely, No Doubt. Several beautiful things pose some kind of risk. A serpent is very beautiful. Can we kiss it? Many cine icons are very beautiful. In reality their life is miserable. Many instances of Love are nothing but Infatuation, a byproduct of Beauty. Many such Love Marriages go flop very quickly.Copper Sulphate would tempt everyone to drink it. Can we? Many fail to understand that Beauty is just an external attribute. We should understand that Beauty may or may not be True. But Truth is undoubtedly the Most Beautiful Thing.

  • Afzal Shauq (6/26/2010 12:09:00 AM)

    A beautiful dress may not impress,
    a beautiful bag may be filled with trash,
    a beautiful ornament need not be of gold,
    a beautiful car may never get sold.

    a lovely and reality based poem with rich idea, i liked it..well done

  • Subbaraman N V (6/25/2010 3:23:00 AM)

    By God's grace I make my eyes see the beauty in all what you have referred to - I see certain truths of life embedded in them!

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