Grace Defined

Grace is not worn by beauty
though, beauty is its face.
It is the portrait of time
recalling back to the things
it has learned and overcome.
Grace is a shaking off
of old scars that now become lace
to decorate her soul.

Grace is not a young art
though graceful can make
a youthful appearance,
flimsy as a shrug.
Youthful grace
is untried
and thus, often defeated
by vanities whispers
that turn grace into illusion.

True grace has lines
wrinkles, bumps, and fissures
artfully enhanced by painted gold
because tried things are more beautiful.
This is Grace by fire.
Grace earned by painful degrees.
Inch by inch
and tear by tear.

Grace is not worn by beauty
it is the true source of it.


When the Japanese mend broken objects, they aggrandize the damage by filling the cracks with gold. They believe that when something’s suffered damage and has a history it becomes more beautiful. ~Barbara Bloom

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I am B (call me BB and I will gut you) I like daisies, books, and men who understand the wisdom of Kermit the Frog. I refer to my favorite person as TMW5T Why? because if he had 6 I'd call him TMW6T, duh!!

6 thoughts on “Grace Defined

  1. This is really beautiful and captures the essence of grace so well. Love your note. I didn’t know that about the Japanese but it is very fitting.

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