John Allen Richter

Gold Star - 7,122 Points (1959 / Richmond, In)

Ugly Inside - Poem by John Allen Richter

Ugly, she says she is -
not as pretty as this or that...
Happy, she says she is...
in all her ugly and fat...

If she is what she is -
and ugly is all she owns -
and life is just a quiz -
down to her ugly bones -
Then why does happiness -
rally through her tones?

For if I were this - or if I were that -
a mountain lion - or Cheshire cat -
Gargoyle of stone -
or angel of bronze -
deathly sword honed -
imp that devil spawns -
Then where does beauty lie?
If not deep inside?
Where one is free of sin -
to cause happiness within?

Ugly is ugly - only inside.

Topic(s) of this poem: crazy, sad

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Poem Submitted: Friday, October 30, 2015

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