13 March 2016

Don't Say "Beautiful."


Don't say "beautiful,"
unless you actually mean it.
For the word that was once deemed
iridescent, like the sun-kissed kaleidoscope, 
has become a societal platitude,
the abundance of color which had
once waltzed on the walls
diminish to a gray shadow.

Do not attempt to emulate beauty,
as taught by your societal kin.
For while the imitation of this 
primitive, minimalist aesthetic
may not truly be a lie,
the rendered message reveals to be a 
dilution of the original, insipid and trite.
Time has brought many Renaissance figures.
Now look! We have printed copies.

Only say "beautiful,"
when invoked by a sudden emotion,
grasped by the moving sensation
that tugs on us individually--
As if the beauty has rendered 
time to stop, and be gazed upon.
For to deem or create something beautiful
requires not the acknowledgement of our intellect,
but rather the delicate openness of being raw.

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Author's note: This is a thought post written in the style of my writing ones, about a topic that has been on my mind for quite some time now, but had only a vague idea how to express. Yes, there is irony in here, and if you do understand what the irony is, please understand that it was intentional, in order to get my point across. If you would like to inquire about the reason behind this post, all you need to do is ask.

48 comments:

  1. isn't watercolor just brilliant fun?! XD

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    1. Hi, Sarah! Oh my goodness, yes, I literally did not (re)discover the beauty of watercolor until I finally fixated my mind that it would be the best medium for my book project and it was super fun! There was so much noise in the background-- it's like one of those movie montages where so many busy things are happening, like characters are shouting, or the cereal spilled all over the carpet, and then there's that one character that's in their own little world. That was me, and painting for five hours was a blast! I'm planning on painting tomorrow!

      xoxo Morning

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  2. Oh, I like this.

    I want to punch people who use words they don't mean.

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    1. When people use words that they don't mean, I'm just like, "Oh my-- could you NOT?"

      Just... just don't use violence to tell them otherwise, all right? XD

      xoxo Morning

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    1. I KNOW RIGHT PREACH PEOPLE SHOULD REALLY READ IT

      xoxo Morning

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  4. This is amazing! I especially liked the last section<3

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    1. I wish I could have done more with the last stanza (as I thought it could potentially be better) but I'm so glad that you liked it!

      xoxo Morning

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  5. Gorgeous <3 I think far too often we do this - we overuse words that were once meant to have a great, deep meaning, but now through our artificial and frequent use they mean nothing.

    - Waverly

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    1. Thanks, Waverly! It's been awhile since I've heard from you. Yeah, a lot of the words used today do lose their touch. For the 00s and the 10s, it is definitely the word "awesome," but then several decades ago, it was "fabulous." Luckily, these words do come back with some of their former glory. ^.^

      xoxo Morning

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  6. Your writing is breathtaking. <3

    xx Mackenzie

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  7. This is so good. oh my goodness.
    your words are like water. and i'm like a camel. and i could just drink them up and store them inside my back.
    ^
    (this is what happens when i'm sleep deprived and try to come up with comments. obviously, the writing should be left to you.)

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    1. Oh my gosh, I like this water and camel synonym, despite its unconventionality. I actually wrote this at around ten in the morning the day that I published this, which, if you ask me, is a really early time to be writing during Spring Break.

      And hey, don't worry; sometimes, our best writing comes from the early morning, when we first wake up, or late at night, when everything is quiet and nice. ;)

      xoxo Morning

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  8. These words are perfect. I think you expressed that perfectly.

    -M
    The Life of Little Me

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  9. This is really beautiful, definitely one of my favorite posts of yours. :)

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    1. Thank you. ^.^ Oh my gosh, it's been awhile since I've visited your blog, like what is up with time? But I did watch and listen to your cover, and it is, indeed, beautiful. You have a real talent there!

      xoxo Morning

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  10. Oh my gosh, how much I agree with this. Wowsie. Thank you so so very much! I have to say this is my favorite thing you've written! This is definitely something you would find in a book or something. So so beautiful <3

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    1. Lauren <3 <3 <3 No, thank YOU so very much. You're the sweetest!

      xoxo Morning

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  11. truth. so much truth.
    i know i'm guilty of using some words wayyyy too carelessly sometimes, and i'm trying to work on that. this post was a really beautiful reminder <3 love it so much.

    and when you write -- just saying -- it blows me away. you're really good at it.

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    1. It's definitely something-- like, whenever I look at social media, there are so many comments like, "qt pie" or the infamous flaming fire emoji, and that's fine, but if the same people comment that all the time, that's when the compliment loses its sparkle.

      Oh my gosh, this? No, I'm not that GREAT at writing-- I still need to edit and submit works to publishers and as for my novel projects, I am simply procrastinating, and because half of my novels are in collaboration with others who are busy, I'm just in a writing slump. DX

      xoxo Morning

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  12. This is such a wonderful post! It really made me think, because I use words like this so often. The thing is, I really do see so many things as beautiful. I'm not sure why, but lately, I've been taking joy and beauty from the littlest of things ♥
    Amy xx

    Little Moon Dragon

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    1. To view everything beautifully is a truly wonderful gift, because most people tend to look at the negative side of the situation (partially the reason for creating my last post). Hold onto that feeling for as long as you can, Amy, because I don't want for you to lose that perspective. Okay?

      xoxo Morning

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  13. truly absolutely, breathtaking. wow. <3

    m.

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    1. Expressed with simple words-- I love it. <3

      xoxo Morning

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  14. very interesting and thought provoking. I like it :)

    princessfaithm.blogspot.com

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    1. I'm glad that you found it thought provoking-- that's what I usually intend when it comes to writing blog posts.

      xoxo Morning

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  15. you have an amazing gift, Morning. you inspire me to pick up my pen and just write :)

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    1. Thanks, Blaze. <3 Just keep picking up the pen and don't stop writing (or posting your fashion posts, because the outfit combos you come up with are just astounding).

      xoxo Morning

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  16. This is beaut- No, this deserves it. I love this so much, your poetry is just so inspiring and lovely. Everything about you is inspiring, especially this new design, I'm in love. <3

    ~Noor

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    1. Aww, Noor, that's just so kind-- kind isn't the right word, but I can't find the right word, but you know what I mean. Love you, darling!

      xoxo Morning

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  17. This pinpoints one of the many problems in our society today. What did I used to call beautiful, before the idea of air-brushed perfection came about? Your vocabulary is astounding, morning.

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    1. Hehe, I have another post idea in the works that ties into this, but I don't know when it will be up-- probably the end of this week, though. And about my vocabulary: usually, when I'm engaged in normal conversation, none of the "impressive" vocabulary comes up, and then, when I'm writing (especially when it comes to essay writing), my brain just gets flooded with different words that I knew existed but never actually placed in context with until that point. It's one of the weirdest things ever!

      xoxo Morning

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  18. Amen to those words. It's something I think about, actually - how we waste words, and water-down their significance. And then, when we do want to convey some deep emotion, all we can come up with is "I can't even..." Anyway, I'm a nerdy in that respect, so excuse my rant. :)

    You truly do write beautifully - the first stanza, just yes. I am curious about the story behind it though. :)

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    1. Amen, amen, amen. That's partially the reason why all of this heavy vocabulary is used-- they, in my opinion, felt like the right words to be used to convey the meaning of the poem. And oh my goodness, yes, "I can't even..." I admit, I'm guilty of using that phrase too, but I feel like overused, it's worse than the overusage of "beautiful," or other words along that line.

      Oh, there is a story behind this poem; if you stick around, you'll hear about it soon! ;) Thanks for stopping by, Jessica! I'll be sure to check out your blog pretty soon.

      xoxo Morning

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  19. This is an amazing poem. Like Oakstar said, your vocabulary is astounding. I agree, I think that there are some words that we just overuse and use so carelessly.
    I'm curious, what is the reason behind this post? What inspired you to write it?
    -Jollygirl @ Reflections of a Jolly Girl

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    1. Thank you, Jollygirl! :) The reason behind this post will be revealed probably in the next post-- originally, this was going to be the only post relating to the poem's topic, but I feel extremely compelled to write another post. It relates somewhat to social media and, more importantly, the blogging world. That's all I will say for now.

      xoxo Morning

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  20. I find this so be so true in my life. We say so many words that we don't mean, which robs them of their value. FOr instance, "love," "good," and "beautiful." This is a great reminder of the power and beauty of words and how we should treat them with care and tenderness. Wonderful poem!

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    1. Thanks, Hannah! "Love," "good," and "beautiful" are also three overused words-- in church we were talking about "good," but it's really difficult to define the weight behind the word when its meaning has become trite.

      xoxo Morning

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  21. I love this! "Beautiful" is exactly the word to use in reference to your poem.

    Noire Beau

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  22. This is a beautifully written poem and I'm in awe of how carefully and intricately you delivered your message. It's incredibly inspiring to see other teens on the blogosphere showcase their writing. One of my personal goals for this year is to only say things when I truly mean it - so thanks for the reminder.

    You have an amazing blog, and I'm looking forward to your upcoming content!

    -Meghna
    www.penintobattle.wordpress.com

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  23. This is unbelievably amazing. I-I'm speechless. I really am

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  24. This is downright beautiful Morning. <3 Anywho, I've tagged you to do The Text Tag! I hope you get around to do this tag.

    anna

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