Thursday, April 25, 2013

Inner Beauty


beauty
was always inside you
but you just couldn't see it
your reflection clouded by rejection
until one spring day
you defied this negative notion
you believed in yourself
and in that clear blue water
you finally saw
a beautiful swan


One of my favorite fairy tales as a child is "The Ugly Duckling" by Hans Christian Andersen. It's a wonderful metaphor about personal transformation and loving ourselves just as we are. When we think positively, we start believing that we are worthy, that we are beautiful inside and out, and that we deserve kindness, love, and happiness.
 

My poem is my contribution to the Imaginary Garden where Izy invites us to write a "Cliffs Notes" version of our favorite story. I took these photos at the pond in my hometown of Pleasantville, New York. Yellow forsythia is in bloom, and geese and mallards are happily swimming. Spring is definitely here! Enjoy and have a great weekend!
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  1. Thanks for taking time to participate after a hectic day at work, and I so glad you did. I love your cliff notes version of the ugly duckling, especially how you emphasized the ending, which it really very touching. Well done and viva la

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    1. Thank you for the challenge, Izy. After I took these photos, the idea just came to me about the fairy tale :)

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  2. Beautifully done — the "Ugly Duckling" was very near to my heart when I was young.
    Thank you!
    K

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  3. Cara Loredana,abbiamo una meravigliosa primavera a singhiozzo...un giorno Aprile ed un giorno Novembre. Comunque è sempre primavera...Bellissima interpretazione di una favola dal significato eterno! Buon fine settimana,abbraccio,Rita.

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    1. Grazie Rita. Questa favola e' simbolica ... il brutto anatroccolo che diventa un bel cigno ... i sogni si avverano. La primavera e' arrivata qui, tanti colori nella natura. Un abbraccio :)

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  4. La semplicità nelle foto è una tua forza: brava Loredana.
    Maurizio

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    1. Sono una ragazza semplice, quindi anche le mie foto sono semplici. Grazie, Maurizio :)

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  5. I love this Loredana. Sometimes we want everyone else to love us but we don't realize that we don't even love ourselves...and it has to start there.

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    1. Yes, when we love ourselves, we project a positive self-image, which in turn is attractive to others :)

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  6. Watch a lovely choice of story to revisit in this poem.

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  7. Ogni parte del mondo è simile anatre comprese.....ciao Cri : )

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  8. I know this is off the topic - but, every night my six year old reads a story book (the one who loves taking odd pictures which inspires poetry in me) and she LOVES The Ugly Duckling.

    Love the poem, Loredana - spring is definitely here, isn't it!

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    1. Oh, it's a child's favorite, such an enchanting story ... inspirational for children and adults alike. Happy Spring, Ninot :)

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  9. Yeah we can be our own worst enemy at times
    For such self doubt crimes
    But in the end
    We can sure embrace the ugly duckling trend

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    1. Yes, embrace who we are today
      We're all beautiful at our bay :)

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  10. Your poem flows as a river.
    On its way, it gets rid of all the weeds.
    Finally, it unites with the sea of self achievement.

    Blessings...
    Rita

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  11. Great post and love the duck photography ~ Wonderful!

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    1. Thanks for Google +ing it, Carol. Glad you liked it :)

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  12. The forsythia is gorgeous! One of my favorite things to see each spring. Lovely photos; I really enjoyed this post! Have a great weekend, Loredana :)

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    1. Yes, that bright yellow forsythia is so cheerful :)

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  13. Hans Christian Anderson was a genius This tale is o e I have read to all my children.

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    1. Oh, it's a fowl. Thanks for letting me know! :)

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  15. What a marvellous place, this park... You caught some sweet reflections there !

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  16. That is one of my favorite stories as well...love the poem.

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  17. It is a great story! Lovely the poem and the ducks. Happy Sunday!

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  18. Lovely reflection on this wonderful fairy tale! Sometimes in life that is such a process coming to the realization that we are beautiful, and ENOUGH. Beautiful photos

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  19. It is one of my favorites too, Loredana, and your poem is beautiful!
    Happy Sunday to you!

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  20. The pond is beautiful, it's nice to see the colors emerging.

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  21. Un felice inizio settimana...ciao

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  22. Wonderful spring climates, beautiful birds:) Greetings

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  23. Beautiful reflection! :) It is such a long road when it comes to loving yourself, but when it happens it's a great thing!

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    1. Thank you, Kayla, and welcome to my blog :) xx

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