The simplistic beauty of the delicate, intricate and deadly spider web.
Archipelago of Beauty
How to define a distinct term
perceived from countless angles –
How to comprehend beauty:
distinct, yet mysterious to many?
Numerous islands to explore,
regard, absorb, experience.
Some islands eclipse others
like the moon enveloping the sun.
Aestheticism is not the only island
in the archipelago of beauty.
The chin lifted high during tempests
eyes level with adversity, oppression.
To rise on broken wings above
the deadly grip of self-pity.
To strain against shackles:
A salient island of Beauty.
The giving spirit and compassionate
heart that stems from empathy
is an island close to paradise.
Castaways are fortunate to land
upon this island as they die, for
on the wings of angels they fly.
Shy simplistic symmetry
is a silent bearer of beauty
The bold and raucous giants
Reveal their fundamental flaws
of ignorance and reckless vanity
reducing them to bland banality
It is not only the outward look
that gives form to the archipelago:
‘tis merely an angle of perception
fooling hearts with guile: deception
The archipelago of beauty is vast –
its reign over the world will last.
Francois Hermanus Steyn – 2012