Wild Beauty

“What is beauty?” I asked the woods. “Is it synthetic? Photo shopped? Expensive?”

The trees said, “Nope.”

“Is it gendered and race-bound?” I asked. “Is it white, and thin? Is it what gives sexual and aesthetic pleasure to the dominant class?”

The sky said, “No.”

Is beauty passive, then? Is it docile and non-threatening? Does it lie down and pose for pictures?

The wolf and the cougar said, “Uh uh.”

Beauty, they told me, is what everything has, when it is free and true.

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Words: Esther Emery
Image: Chris Belcina
Music: Melodysheep