Beautiful Things Don’t Ask For Attention

But generously, we give:

No girl we do not assault

With song or poetry,

No butterfly we do not pin down

In a glass case of emotion – our emotion,

We play paparazzi to the landscapes

Plastering our faces and their beauty

On our profiles. We see the sun-sparkled waterfront

And conquer it – For everything

The light touches is our kingdom.

We gorge on the beautiful

Like a breakfast buffet, licking crumbs

Off our fingers, leaving the wrappers behind.

We expect the beautiful to stand

With the serenity of statues,

While we shit on them like pigeons.

We love the beautiful things so much

We do not let them be.

© 2021 Jewish Young Professional


Written belatedly for The Sunday Muse #161, RDP Wednesday – Breakfast, The Daily Spur – Serenity, dVerse, MMA Storytime – Crumb and Go Do Go Cafe

From Go Do Go Cafe

Movie quotes used (dVerse):

“Beautiful things don’t ask for attention.” – The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, 2013

“I’m in a glass case of emotion.” -Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, 2004 (slightly modified)

“Everything the light touches is our kingdom.” – The Lion King, 1994


  1. ‘We expect the beautiful to stand

    With the serenity of statues,

    While we shit on them like pigeons.’

    Yes! Isn’t it awful? We’ve lost our connection to nature and forgotten we are part of it, viewing it as a commodity like everything else. So well said!

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  2. What a powerful poem! So much truth here. My ladies group is reading the book “None Like Him” by Jen Wilkin, and in one chapter she talks about idolatry, where we see something beautiful and instead of worshiping its Creator, we worship the thing, and end up marring, even destroying that thing. I’d like to share this poem at our next meeting, if I may..🙂?

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