Beauty is a Golden Bird – A Poem

By Adam J. Pearson

The human body is a tree,
It may grow thin or thick or small,
But in each form there is beauty,
Whether it’s short, or towering tall.

And beauty is a golden bird,
It rests upon our boughs,
And either spreads its brilliant wings,
Or shrinks and cowers now.

When people spit out cutting words,
They block our sun like clouds,
And songs of beauty rest unheard,
Because the suffering’s loud.

But in you sings a golden bird,
It rests upon your boughs,
And either spreads its shining wings,
Or shrinks and cowers now.

Your beauty can be seen or missed,
It can fall or it can soar,
You can meet it with a kiss or fist,
Love it or hurt it more.

Please listen to your golden bird,
And feed it with your love,
There is wisdom in its singing words,
From within and from above.

It says:
“You are not defined by body size,
Do not reduce yourself to mass.
Your beauty’s in your heart and eyes,
And it remains ungrasped.”

“And many are the lovely ones
Some are wide and some are thin,
But yet they feel that there are none,
And they lack in everything.”

“They beat themselves with sticks and stones,
Turn the world’s words on themselves,
They hurt their hearts down to their bones,
And file its harsh names on their shelves.”

“But to me, they are so beautiful,
If they would only see,
They are not bereft of worth, but full,
It overflows just like the sea.”

“I love them, but they don’t hear me,
Though I sing from in their hearts,
I know their truth more than bullies,
And with me, their joy will start.”

And thus sings the golden bird,
That lies within us all,
But so few hear its shining word,
So few listen to its call.

So, I echo the golden one,
And tell you that you are,
A beautiful and shining sun,
A bright and lovely star.

For in you sings a golden bird,
It rests upon your boughs,
And either spreads its golden wings,
Or shrinks and cowers now.

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