Theme: Beauty

The Life of Beauty

The problem beauty poses is revealed
there: be it roses, or an evening scene,
there is a fixity indulged, repealed
by fading of the same; and this is seen
as beauty’s passage, images preserved
in concept or in pictures, that makes it art,
a stab at permanence, the right reserved
for life’s sake, fashioning a counterpart
to time’s remorseless cycle of decay:
the things of beauty make our world ideal,
not as it is; and no great leap to say,
that as the blood will rush, our minds to thrill
at beauty’s preternatural forms each day,
the life hereafter proves itself that way.


More By  :  R. D. Ashby

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