I wrote this some time ago for the wife and posted it on Urbis last week to fairly positive reviews. I figured Id put it up here so that those who might want to read it can do so. Let me know what you think. It's going to be rewritten but that might take a minute.
You are not beautiful.
The word is a weak thing
That can't carry your weight
Can't Encompass your strength.
Beauty is for teams of makeup artists
Snoop Dogg hooks, Teen-crushing
Grocery Mags and bland
Beautiful is not real; beautiful is not every day;
The word is a curse and a mirage,
Branded like cattle, sold like wrapping paper.
Beautiful is the plastic ideal born gurgling
From huge Coca-Cola vats in Mexico and
Gap Sweat Shops in China.
And you are none of these things.
Beautiful can't show that smolder in your eye
When you glance at me.
Beauty can't taste the millions of tears uncried
That dried on the corners of your mouth.
Beautiful can't cover your back, long enough
To carry the weight of Nefertiti and Rosa and Camille
But strong enough to never bend.
Beautiful can't wrap me in arms
Longer than my imagination,
Reaching across two bad jobs and a
Grinding commute to
Encircle my chest, to give me strength and a
Longing for home I cannot ignore.
Beautiful can't make me strive to be
Better than I am now, can't make me thankful
For the blessing of you that God
Placed into my life.
Beautiful turns to ashes in my mouth when
I look at you, when I wrap you in my arms
And listen to you breathe.
Beautiful is not what you are, and yet you possess beauty.
But it is a small drop in the deep ocean that resides
Within you, lapping at the peanut butter beach that
Is your skin. I can hear forever when we make love
And your body slides across mine.
You are beyond beautiful, stronger and more exquisite
Than any word can bear witness to.
Maybe one day,
I will find the word that covers you from head
To toe in the finest of ethereal thread, sparkles
Your magnificence for all the world to see.
But until then, I will enjoy the reality of
Your lips and your arms and your spirit and
Pain and strength and be overjoyed because
You are Beyond Beautiful and
You are with me.