Inner Beauty Seen Through Love …
When self loathing kept them in seclusion there was no room for love:
Look not upon my face, leave me in darkness alone,
My only visitors are demons from the past,
This I am accustomed to.
Horrible scars changed my countenance,
From a handsome man shining in youth,
To horrid, and greatly unpleasant,
Aging me far too early in life,
Leave me in the pit of self-hate,
And nightmares that take my soul,
There is no joy in my life, leave me to it.
Nay, look not upon my unpleasant homeliness,
For a beautiful maiden never was I,
I hide from others as my mirror shows no beauty,
Only an ugly vision of premature aging,
Leave me in my world of lonliness,
Where sadness is my only company.
Turn your eyes away from me so I will not see,
The pity in your gaze.
Only the flowers in my garden accept me.
And only there do I find joy.
When love bloomed their inner beauty came forth:
I gazed out the window from my darkness,
And saw the sun shining on your face,
As you cared for the beautiful flowers,
Yet far more beautiful was your lovely face,
So youthful and shining as if a candle
Within your soul gave you a warm glow.
Let me gaze upon your inner beauty for eternity,
I give you my eternal love and long to hold you,
In my arms and in my heart forever,
Come to me, be a part of all that I am.
I hold a vision of you, of shining handsome youth,
Do not hide in darkness and alone,
Come out into the light, for I see your inner beauty,
Let me kiss away your sorrows.
You are more to me than all that is,
The beauty of your soul brightens my every minute,
Take me into your arms where I belong,
Where our spirits meet and we become one,
My love is eternal, let us live in blissful joy,
Hold me close, be a part of all that I am.
This poem was inspired by “The Enchanted Cottage”, a movie which starred Robert
Young and Dorothy McGuire. The first time I watched the movie I was in my early
twenties. At the time I was all caught up with the magic of the cottage as if it were a fairy
tale. A few years later I saw it again and several times since. I began to see it was not
about magical make-believe, it was a deeply moving story of true love. Oliver (Robert
Young) was a young Army Air Force pilot who was badly disfugured from war wounds.
When he was sent home he did not want anyone to see him, including his family, he was so self
conscious and embarrassed about his appearance. He rented a secluded cottage in the
country to be alone with his depression and demons. His days consisted of the darkened
sitting room gazing out the window, once in awhile a walk around he grounds when it was
Laura (Dorothy McGuire) was a very homely and extremely shy young woman who
worked at the cottage as housekeeper and cook. She avoided everyone as much as she
could because of her uncomely appearance.
Over time Oliver and Laura accepted each other as friends and conversed in the dark
sitting room far apart from each other. Eventually they fell in love and began to see each
other as beautiful. She did not see his badly disfigured face and he did not see her as ugly.
What they saw in each other was their inner beauty. Their deep spirituality and sincere love
enabled them to see beyond the physical to the inner depths of their souls. They overcame
all their sorrows, depression, and self-loathing. Life became blissful, for they saw all the
beauty life had to offer them.
© 2017 Phyllis Doyle Burns
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