We hold these truths

We hold these truths

Morning noon or night
             beauty is timeless
as under a full moon
             or a sun rising

she stretches her limbs
             throws back her head
eyes beguiling 
             her hair catching the light

her pale skin untouched
             by the passing hours :
beauty is in the innocence
             of a life that leaves no scars

and in which the words
             are always fresh and exciting
every observation a discovery
              But beauty is no pushover

with her firm legs
             she can stand her ground
her left as sharp as her right
             and able to give

as good as she gets —
             we hold these truths
to be as simple
             as they are self-evident

John Lyons


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