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I wrote Beauty In The Beast on the Sisterwives website recently about self-image. I want to dedicate this post to all of those with self image issues. We obviously all see beauty differently.
About a month ago I posted a picture on twitter. I had spent forever trying to look pretty, flat ironing my hair just to walk out into a wind storm. You never know what kinds of things a picture as simple as that might inspire in a stranger.
This time my tweet inspired this beautiful poetic sentiment. I’d have to be really broken to not let these words reach my heart and soul. I wanted to share these beautiful words because of the amazing message it contains. Thank you Carl Dubois, I cry every single time I read these words.
THE REAL ART IS YOU
If given the latitude to call this a poem
I’d call this a collaboration even as you didn’t contribute a word
Because none of the words would exist, and not in this arrangement, without you
Putting them into motion
Imagine, if you will, someone who puts nouns in front of verbs
And moves words around for a living
Surfing through your creative expression of yourself and your frequent rebirths
And being struck by the power of your raw honesty
Huge self image issues tonight so I spent 25 min flat ironing my hair and then this…
At that moment, everything comes to a halt
And there are no words
Because, the word arranger, the word re-arranger
The writer and editor
Talks regularly with his therapist
Who sees his self image issues clearly
And reminds him she has more confidence in him than he has in himself
And when words finally come, after the #wind of the raw revelation
They arrange themselves something like this:
If you, in all of your reinventions and rebirths
Can have self-image issues
Then it forces me to revisit my own
Because if someone with your natural beauty
Where does that leave me?
Rather than question whether I could ever see myself differently
I happen to imagine that it’s a curse we all have
Even the beautiful such as yourself
And maybe I should cut myself some slack
Women have an advantage in the sense
They can paint and color and play and be their self artists
A world few men embrace
For we don’t paint on a face or a mood
And looking at all of the lovely ways in which you paint the naked canvas of your
Face and hair and lips and soul
Through rebirth through writing
And the things you do while looking in the mirror
The selfie you that emerges has, clearly, a different
Selfie-image than what we see
The poetry lies in the moment
Of seeing the naked canvas
Of your natural self
Not as the canvas
But as the art
As the poem
In your natural state
That’s the poem
The rest are just different stanzas
With different meters and timbres and colors
But the art is you
I wonder if you know that
The wind loves you
It was telling you that on your day of self-image issues
It was kissing you and saying
Touch up and paint and iron and shape all you want
The real poem
The real art
40 thoughts on “THE REAL ART IS YOU”
beautiful piece you’ve here.
That’s so lovely! Thanks for sharing.
Just perfect. Happy he wrote this for you.
I think he wrote it for the world…all of us…for me… for him…everyone. 🙂
WOW! That’s awesome 🙂 Great poem to you x
Yes… the real Art is me… I am the real Art… don’t ever forget it… HA!
But if I’m the real art and your the real art that must mean…
Haaaaaaa, you and your crack squirrels, with those funny glasses, don’t like eye contact do you?
Yes, you and her are art, i’m a delusion made real!
The glasses keep the squirrels from jumping out my eyeballs
Good point, however, you could be missing that one?
i have forgotten, what it is we were talking about?
I didn’t know what we were talking about when we started.
Say! When did we start?
a ways back
Not in the beginning?
Do you ever get lost in a comment?
Because i sure am…..
all the time
Just great, what a handsome couple guys we are…
i’m supporting shades today…
support your local shades
Say, do you think we could win with that campaign?
I don’t see why not
Surly got my vote!
Please no comment….
What other post?
The one where we are breaking the record for most comments… on the top of the sidebar to the right there is a link
What lost for words, a stoat guy like you..