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Beauty and Bliss

August 4, 2022
By tguzman24 BRONZE, Northwest Washington, District Of Columbia
tguzman24 BRONZE, Northwest Washington, District Of Columbia
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Wishful eyes

filled with hope and pride.

I look down at the blur of shapes and colors,

and the messy scrawl at the top.

Beauty is in the eye

of the beholder

and,

through a lens of love

your stick figures are magnificent.

They have the elegance of Monet’s water lilies

and the radiance of Starry Night.

I hang the picture on your door.

It’s a 93 square inch reminder of your talent.

Waving goodbye as you walk to school,

I stop to admire

the trail of confidence you left behind.

Waving hello as you walk home from school,

I watch tears roll off your cheeks.

During recess you and your friends

drew pictures.

Compared to their semi-realistic unicorns

your scribbles are nothing.

Anger surges within me and

my insides churn

Don’t they know that simply

holding a pencil

is an accomplishment,

and that spelling words is

a challenge, but

every day you try a little harder

and now it’s easier.

You stop crying

and I see it now.

The scrap on your knee.

No wonder you were sad.

Relief floods my mind as I realize

you didn’t even notice

your classmates giggles

or whispers.

Confidence in tow,

you stand up and go off

in search of Band-Aid.

Ignorance is bliss,

and the world you live in

is so much brighter than mine.

Safe for another day.

Grateful that you are shielded from pain.

Happy you are my sister.


The author's comments:

This poem was inspired by my little sister, Lizzie. She is 13 years old and has down syndrome. I have always been impressed by ability to see the world through a lens of love that protects her from the judgement of other people. This is a skill I often wish I too possessed. 


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on Aug. 7 at 12:52 pm
Egycal52 SILVER, --, California
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Favorite Quote:
"Hats off to the past, coats off to the future."
- American Proverb
"Why do you keep hiding behind your mask,
When even the scars formed by your mistakes
are you own constellations?"

this is such a loving and gracefully written poem.. thank you for sharing it, and all the best to u and you sister!

Afra DIAMOND said...
on Aug. 5 at 5:18 am
Afra DIAMOND, Kandy, Other
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Favorite Quote:
"A writer must never be short of ideas."
-Gabriel Agreste- (Fictional character- Miraculous)

I love this poem so much...It was so heart-warming!!!👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻
Good luck to you and Lizzie!!!👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻