When at university about 1970 I asked why conflict pervades our lives. After years I found the answer is simply the question of meaning I call "the last why" since it will never be answered. Still, we try and have tried to "fill the void" behind "Why am I?" in ways that conflict, since it was first asked by 'Eve'. Thus we've created our open-ended history of conflict we will soon close if we don't instead choose the "ideal reaction to the void".

In 2005 I decided to see if I was a fool for asking by seeking reaction to my analysis the only way an anonymous carpenter could, on this website. I first tried to attract visits with prose posts but changed to
poetry for reason in rhyme is memorable. I've had to advertise so I could be twice the fool but I remain undecided. Thanks for sharing. Doug.E.Barr  






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"So, what is beauty?", you have asked.
It could be many things.
For instance, something it could be,
The notes a song bird sings;

A flower's bloom; an eagle's flight;
The fragrance of a rose;
The way that from a tiny seed
That lovely flower grows.

It too can be a growing child,
A sparkle in the eyes
Of infants learning how to walk
Then reaching for blue skies. 

It is a feeling that's within
We get when we "reach out..."
To find another piece of us
We can't become without.

A tender touch from one we love,
A mother's warm embrace,
A welcome smile and tears of joy
Like diamonds on a face.

The drink of water from a stream
And breathing in fresh air.
Our 'Mother's' other gifts to us
For showing that we care.

Then beauty is to feel again
When hit by tragedy
That seemed to leave a void inside
We felt we could not flee.

Since we find "beauty... in the eye..."
I could list many more.
But all will have the same effect;
It makes our spirit soar.

Reader Comments (31)

this one is awesome as well uncle doug...i love the imagery(if that is even the right word to use...i think it is). The images you describe become so vivid and truly have a gift...I LOVE IT!(i love you and nana too-of coarse)


Imagery is the right word. Thanks sweetie.

December 4, 2006 | Unregistered Commenterelia

How beautiful. The different examples that you list as your idea of "beauty" are, I believe, ones with which most of us would agree. As I was reading the poem, with each example listed, I found myself feeling more at peace. Just delightful. I agree with Elia,you truly have a wonderful gift! Thanks for sharing you gift with the rest of us.


Thanks cousin, for your beautiful support.

December 10, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterCarolyn Plitz

its wonderful i wish u could have more comparisms to make it much more interesting to a person like me who is a frik when it comes to similes'


This is a beautiful comment Tim. I am quite certain there are only beautiful smiles. Doug.E.Barr

March 1, 2008 | Unregistered Commentertim

Very touching and true, do you know what to do? sell it for millions to a queen.


What value should I put on "BEAUTY"? Doug.E.Barr

April 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBen

The poem is as beautiful as your heart.


--as is your comment. Doug.E.Barr

April 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterGrace

Beautiful, inspirational and vivid poem. It is very touching and really warms your heart up.


--as your comment warmed mine. Doug.E.Barr

April 27, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAlexandria

this poem hit me right in the hear i fill what you are saying i love you poem it makes me thank of my lil girl and my mother keep on writeing beautful poems man rock on

June 6, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterjonathan

ok i dont love you but lol


I lol with you. Doug.E.Barr

June 6, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterjonathan

I no longer blog, but occasionally browse and couldn't agree more with your sensitive and knowing poem on Beauty. If your other poems are at all like that one, you will be a welcome anomaly in modern poetry.
As for what is the last question, you and I both know that the really last question must be Who am I? Though, perhaps it cannot be answered without answering your corollary question. Ergo: the two birds with one stone syndrome, answered indeed. - Mila


I guess that makes me somewhat of an anomaly for some of my poems are insensitive knowing brutal attacks on our collective stupidity.

I think we can answer "Who am I?" in the sense that we are at least the sons and daughters of our parents on top of which we can stick myriad labels. If we peal all these labels off we will be left with "Why am I?", "the last why". Doug.E.Barr

June 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMila

life is like a song which has an end


Indeed. Doug E Barr

August 18, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterdennis

I loove your poem! its really touching. I can identify with it .


That's great. Doug.E.Barr

September 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLupe

You have very good eyes of finding the way of seeing beauty, for sure that soul of beauty would also have way to find your heart! and as much as your heart can hold... they would blossoming inside you, and scent you with ever frangrant soul!
There is only one more that I would add on your beauty list... is that beauty of one's can not be seen by any naked eyes.. it can not be touch nor can be weight... but it is carried by one's heart... a heart of thoughfulness -- maybe a warm tea lay before friend's eyes, a towel put in someone's wet hands... a simply holding someone's body as she or he almost fell... and a soft simpathy, compassion gaze at the homeless people sleep by the winter road side... ect, so on... a heart of simple thoughtfulness, very small, unseen,... but in my opinion, it is as beautiful as the flowers on the feild... the kiss of lovers.. the drink of water.. one' can only sense them in the gorgeours sunset of one's heart..
very enjoy your poem!


Being thoughtful can surely make "our spirit soar." Doug.E.Barr

January 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSunny

It seems to me that almost all of these examples may be connected to love - romantic love, family love, compassionate love, love of nature, emotional/personal/ individual/only-we-know-its-feeling love...
Beauty - love - they're often connected. We can find satisfaction in life by trying to see and experience both in our everyday lives. You have given many wonderful examples. Thank you for your beauty-full poetry!


I have never consciously connected beauty and love but now that you have I will. In "Love" I suggest we generate love with natural activity which also generates spirit. One of the three components of natural activity is "...reaching out to others..." which is therefore in part how we generate love and spirit. In "Beauty" I conclude with "It (beauty) makes our spirit soar. So it would seem that I have subconsciously always connected love and beauty. Beauty and love are not however, connected in unnatural activity. Unnatural activity consumes love, diminishes spirit and creates situations that can appropriately called ugly. Thanks for stimulating thought. Doug.E.Barr

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterK. E. Bahr

i never fought i would feel the way i do when i see that person i love. never know where it going to go but just know that the beauty of life and the love in the air will make a differents to anything that happens. i hope that love and the beauty of the world and everyone i knoe around me will agree .


They probably will. Doug.E.Barr

July 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlillie

this is stupid


This is more than a comment. Sadly, it is a lasting impression. Doug.E.Barr

August 28, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjessica

Thank you for making me feel again by finding something beautiful in the world once're beautiful!


Thank you for a beautiful comment. Doug.E.Barr

January 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara

love it!!!


Thanks. Doug.E.Barr

January 5, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteri dont kno

the lord is the way


Spare me. Doug.E.Barr

January 15, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjoe swan

wow this poem issss sooooo beautiful


...another beautiful comment. Thank you. Doug.E.Barr

February 21, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjulie gutierrez

your stupid jessica...good poem doug.e.barr


The first part is not beautiful. Doug.E.Barr

March 5, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermz cuteepie123

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