Bare Bones Beauty


Little by little,

she’s really losing it.

All that carefully applied foundation,

the layers of tint and frost,

the people-pleasing

and do-gooding,

the hours in front of a mirror

that forgot to reflect who she really was,

lay discarded on the cutting room floor.

The energy it took

to hold the fake coverings in place

has come for its final accounting;

naked and vulnerable,

her true form peeks through –

and those who see are stunned

at her bare bones beauty…

19 comments on “Bare Bones Beauty

  1. Robert Rife says:

    The beauty, somehow missed, of “the girl next door.”

  2. Glenda Mills says:

    This is the human part of us, isn’t it Melodie. I am so glad God looks on our heart and not the outside…and has a way of changing us from the inside out. Thanks for sharing!

  3. I love all the possibilities of “Little by little, she’s really losing it.”
    Powerful sequence.

  4. an anthology of truth and beauty !

  5. Lovely picture and poetry! This really caught my attention today, Melody. Today, I was outside doing some work near a fence and hoping the neighbor wouldn’t notice me as I was having a bad hair day and no makeup morning… Then I remembered how my husband still kissed me goodbye as he left earlier. I thought of how ‘blind’ love is in a good way!

    Blessings ~ Wendy

  6. Debbie says:

    Gorgeous poem here, Melody. Thank you for teaching us again!

  7. Good words, and so many potential interpretations too.

  8. I really liked this poem. If only we would stop self protecting and dare to be who we really are inside without pretense, willing to be vunerable, now that would be a beautiful thing to behold

    • melodylowes says:

      Wouldn’t it ever? It takes courage. It means risk. We can only really unmask when we are assured that we are truly loved for who we are deep down. A world like that? Awesome!

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