Treasure Island

David Wood

(07 April 1950 / London)

Sonnet 12: Nature’s Beauty Does Not Give But Only Lends


Nature’s beauty does not give but only lends;
Youth’s beauty lasts only but a short time
Age racks the body that nature boldly sends
And worries make infirmity a crime.
Look in the mirror and what do you see?
Has nature given you its beauty gift?
What is the image staring back at thee?
Are you pleased with this sight and get a lift?
But despite the wrinkles of a future age
We must take advantage of nature’s charm
And not be too eager to turn the page
And to apply natures sweet lemon balm.
If nature failed to send you its beauty
Make sure kindness becomes your main duty.

Submitted: Friday, May 24, 2013
Edited: Monday, September 09, 2013

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  • Unwritten Soul (5/25/2013 10:54:00 AM)

    If nature failed to send you its beauty
    Make sure kindness becomes your main duty.

    wow this such impress my thought to swim along your lines...awesome! _Soul (Report) Reply

  • Shahzia Batool (5/25/2013 1:30:00 AM)

    A complete sonnet, fulfilling all requirements a Shakespearean sonnet should have, the rhyme of 7, the garb, and the logic conveyed through this BUT diversion...every line is meaningful and balanced syllabic arrangement. The analysis of Beauty in different ways is very apt, the first line is an attractive invitation to the reader,
    Nature’s beauty does not give but only lends;
    Beautiful work David Wood! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • Thomas A Robinson (5/24/2013 6:42:00 PM)

    There was the most beautiful beauty in the Elephant man. So much people cried when he died.
    Beauth is not seen but felt.What deceives your eyes take care beware. (Report) Reply

  • Joseph Anderson (5/24/2013 1:08:00 PM)

    Sage advice. Kindness will bring a big return. A very worthy write. Now, if only this world
    would heed it. A great sonnet (Report) Reply

  • Aftab Alam Khursheed (5/24/2013 4:48:00 AM)

    Top to bottom adorned nature lends truth depicted and concluding, If nature failed to send you its beauty
    Make sure kindness becomes your main duty. wonderful, I must say Glory to be Allah lovely sonnet (Report) Reply

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