What are you looking at?

What are you looking at?

The truth of me is not beautiful at all
It’s the story of so much blood, tears and mud
Seeping into crevices, drying out and cracking
Under a relentless radiant gaze
Rendering my skin transparent to the sun.

Look! You won’t find anything inside
It’s all out here in front of me. All of it.
The debris of inspecting and judging
And downcast eyes while turning away.

I’m too modest and too proud
For the mechanics and toil of beauty
Too tired of endless repetition
Stripping down to perfection
Carving and threshing and tweaking
Until we’re all wearing the same face
And my eyes have turned opaque.

Once I saw a young boy dance his vision.
Another time, you and I sat for hours together
Contemplating unity and the nature of water.
In that moment your life took form
As the most beautiful thing I have ever seen.

Against a decoupage landscape of highlights and spotlights
Permanent looks of mild surprise and unfathomable ideals
Candid poses and so much inhumanly-toned skin;
Those magazine-TV-advertising-marketing
Members of the Brotherhood-of-Lies
Have arrived at an entirely different truth than mine.



This is the second β€œMissive from the scrap heap”. It was written in response to a request a couple of days ago but it turned out to be inappropriate for that purpose. What is most interesting to me is how I experienced the idea of beauty 20 years ago compared to this surprising response to the idea of beauty now.


34 thoughts on “What are you looking at?

  1. mihrank says:

    wow – so strong – you touched my heart!

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  2. Most of the poem is my sentiment exactly. It is nice to see profound writings

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  3. ‘Have arrived at an entirely different truth of mine,’ and also me/mine! 😊 The ‘toil of beauty’ says it all. I also like the line, ‘ the brotherhood of lies,’ – we are all led by the nose and succumb to advertisements. Another thought-provoking piece! Bouquets to you Robyn!

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    • jamborobyn says:

      Yeah, that Brotherhood of Lies is probably a little cheeky… True beauty makes my heart explode with joy, ads are on the opposite side of that spectrum.

      Thank you, I’m liking the bouquets πŸ™‚


  4. “In that moment your life took form
    As the most beautiful thing I have ever seen.”


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  5. B.C Meurk says:


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  6. Rivera says:

    Yet another heartfelt, soulful work. You are getting (?) quite GOOD at this.. πŸ˜‰

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  7. “Beauty is truth, truth beauty. That is all ye know on earth and all ye need to know” is, to me, exactly what you have so strongly expressed in your poem. I love every line.

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  8. Love this, Robyn. The true definition of an inconvenient truth.

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  9. Lorraine Spencer says:

    This is very profound Robyn. Loves it!!!

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  10. Robyn, this guy has over 52,000 followers. I urge you to take him up on this offer:

    HarsH ReaLiTy
    Do you write poetry?
    If you write poetry share your link with us if you like. If you’ve written a poetry book feel free and promote it here as well.

    -Opinionated Man

    Oh, sorry, it didn’t come out as a link.
    Well the name of his blog is Harsh Reality


  11. Kate Loveton says:

    This is wonderful! Really. Outstanding.

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  12. Awesome poem, can identify with this very much!!β™₯

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  13. I was wondering if I could publish your brilliant poem in the next issue of a free online literary magazine of mine?

    It’s a new website and only has three issues published at the moment, but it’s gaining new readers and email follows every week, and doing well on WordPress now. It’s free for anyone to read and the aim is primarily to help promote writers on websites and blogs from all over the internet. https://thewritinggarden.wordpress.com/

    The copyright remains with the writer and I always include a link back to where the work was originally published and also any other social media links you’d like me to include (please let me know which ones – if you have any).

    If you would be interested in allowing me to publish your work please check out the magazine and let me know. But if you’d rather not, don’t hesitate to say no, I really won’t mind.
    Suzy πŸ™‚

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    • jamborobyn says:

      Sure Suzy, go ahead. Thanks for the compliment and I wish you every success with the magazine. It looks interesting.


      • That will be great! The next issue should be completed by early July, so when it’s published I’ll get back to you here and give you a link to the final result.

        Thanks so much for allowing me to publish your poetry Robyn! πŸ˜€

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  14. Just passing to let you know your poetry is published in The Writing Garden! Please do take a read through your work to make sure I haven’t made any errors. Should be okay, but just in case. Thank you so much for allowing me to publish your poetry! πŸ™‚

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