‘On the Perception of Human Beauty’ and Other Poetry by Katherine Todd The Society January 13, 2016 Beauty, 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. NOTE TO READERS: If you enjoyed this poem or other content, please consider making a donation to the Society of Classical Poets. NOTE TO POETS: The Society considers this page, where your poetry resides, to be your residence as well, where you may invite family, friends, and others to visit. Feel free to treat this page as your home and remove anyone here who disrespects you. Simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Put “Remove Comment” in the subject line and list which comments you would like removed. The Society does not endorse any views expressed in individual poems or comments and reserves the right to remove any comments to maintain the decorum of this website and the integrity of the Society. Please see our Comments Policy here. CODEC News:Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. Δ This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.