Beauty and Ugly

Beauty and Ugly

By Don Ray Williams
September 15, 2012

I was but a boy, sitting on my dad’s knee,
Yet, I remember till today, what he said to me.

Son, he said, I want you to remember this until you are grown,
Beauty is only skin deep, but Ugly goes clear to the bone.

Now I heard what he said, as he spoke in that serious tone,
And I knew it was wisdom that he wanted me to take as my own.

Considering my age, these words were really quite deep,
But, because he had said them, I pondered them each night as I’d go to sleep.

Not a year would go by, without him reminding me,
Of those words that he had said as I sat on his knee.

He would drill it in, again and again, nurturing a seed of wisdom he’d sown.
Beauty is only skin deep, but Ugly goes clear to the bone.

Now it took me a while. Maybe I am slower than most,
But I started to see how prophetic, we’re these words that he’d coached.

And now, I have gained my own experience through out the years,
And I have learned that all is not what, at first glance, it appears.

Some things with great luster, tarnished all to fast,
Though they appeared to have beauty at first, it just didn’t last.

And some things, because of appearance, that I have almost passed up,
Have been the things I now count on and can always trust.

He could have said, “Don’t judge a book by its cover”. It is sort of the same,
But I am not sure that metaphorical wisdom would have stuck in my brain.

I remember his humor and his serious tone,
And I’ll always remember him saying,
Beauty is only skin deep, but Ugly goes clear to the bone.

2 thoughts on “Beauty and Ugly

  1. There’s an expression I learned while living in the South (U.S.) that encapsulates this poem in 5 words: “Beauty is, as Beauty does.” Take THAT, you Kardashians!

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