‘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. Views expressed by individual poets and writers on this website and by commenters do not represent the views of the entire Society. The comments section on regular posts is meant to be a place for civil and fruitful discussion. Pseudonyms are discouraged. The individual poet or writer featured in a post has the ability to remove any or all comments by emailing submissions@ classicalpoets.org with the details and under the subject title “Remove Comment.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Related Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email.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. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.