‘On the Perception of Human Beauty’ and Other Poetry by Katherine Todd The Society January 13, 2016 Beauty, News of Note, Poetry On the Perception of Human Beauty Can there be a myriad of flaws so bold As to boast their cracked imperfections? Could it out do our high expectations? Is there an art form so wrinkled and old From the stress of keeping a tight hold On the skirts of cultures stagnation- Whose clammy hand extends into expressions Of all art, trapping it in cases of gold. Humans perceive our beauty through a Tinted lens filtering time and place. Though standards may change nearly every day It is no surprise that a beautiful face Will have received adoration in many ways Since it appears in all tones, shapes, and race. Smoke and Ash They meditated in Tiananmen; Police “shoot to kill” yet again. Maybe our world would have regrets If we pause and follow the cries Of ongoing pain given rise By hot irons, lit cigarettes, To the deplorable torture Camps by government’s order. We must look, lest we may forget. Katherine Todd is an undergraduate at Kansas State University. She is a double major in English and Secondary Education. Featured Image: “Charles I in Three Positions” by Anthony van Dyck. Related Post ‘The Discovery’ by Rebeca Parrott “She vanished to the wood,” they said. “Forget her—that strange and sickly child.” A child? Your face was no more childish than mine. And ... Tell the world:FacebookTwitterTumblrPinterestRedditLinkedInEmail Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.