It doesn’t matter what she looks like. 
Nor her plumes 
Not her shape, nor even her size. 
Her age irrelevant her skin unrealised
When she looks eye to eye and speaks her beauty blooms!
For once her petals open it is discovered 
Woman blossoms when she feels beloved.

– Manly, Australia.


I wrote this poem about an American woman I met on a dive off a beach near Manly. She was there with her elderly father, who accompanied her on a holiday she was clearly excited about.

The popular standard of beauty is pervasive and grips us all. I am not free of it even though I reject it. So I noticed with my first impression that – by those standards – she would not do well.

But then, she smiled. And she spoke. And almost immediately, not a single one of those measures mattered any more. She felt so beautiful.

Of course all of us who resist being shallow people know this is a truth. But that was the quickest, most decided pivot the beauty programming had ever made in my mind. Observing her, and her father, I realised why – and deep down from my own experience as a woman I knew my epiphany to be true.

She is a woman who is loved – and she believes it.


Poem about beauty | Manly Australia | Female beauty | Insight into beauty

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6 Responses

  1. Iza Abao says:

    This poem is perfect. I used to seek the acceptance of others but after a while, I did not care anymore. There is so much beauty in all of us and we just need to embrace it.

    • Teja says:

      I hit that stage sometime in recent years. Just didn’t care anymore, what people want to think. It feels much better doesn’t it? Even better – I somehow also then look younger, and got fitter and healthier, than my age group. I’m sure your body responds to what you believe about yourself.

  2. Linda says:

    I love this poem! you are very talented! I’ll keep this in mind.

  3. Gina says:

    This poem really stuck out to me. My mom always said beauty is skin deep and some people may be super ugly, but when they have all the confidence in the world, they become super attractive. The fact she was there with her elderly father shows how much she loves him and that beauty totally shines.

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