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We were all beautiful once by Keletso Thobega

Keletso Thobega | May 1st, 2009 | poetry | No Comments

We were all beautiful once,
Firm breasts and calves stiff and protruding…
We were all beautiful once,
When our lips curved involuntarily,
Into smiles that could end wars…
We were all beautiful once when we were an epitome of innocence,
Making love to dreams encrusted in gold,
The naivety of our minds deceiving us from wisdom…

We were all beautiful once,
Once was that one time that flew with time,
Even flowers shrivel and die,
A gleaming car turns to rust,
Rumours evaporate into thin spaces,
The vibrancy of youth simmers down…

We were all beautiful once,
Before the telling tales of wrinkles,
When we had that sparkle in the eyes,
That has been put off by experience,
We clasped hands in hope daily,
Saw possibilities where others saw nothing…

We were all beautiful once,
Unfazed by the pains of our errors,
Determined beyond our abilities,
Thirsty to see the heavenly glories we’d heard of,
Thrust into dark areas, and turning them to light…

We were all beautiful once,
Our beauty has matured to being,
We are all that embodies the fists of life,
In strength and perseverance our beauty reflected,
For we’ve seen a new kind of beauty,
That transcends the shallowness of gratification,
We were all beautiful once…

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