Beauty Perceived and Lasting


Many blessings are given

It is said

To those who follow the Law


Who navigate life

By Judaism’s guideposts

Intending to do right


Also said (or it should be)

That many blessings come

To all who so much as take a breath

Blessings unearned and unsought


We are blessed with a mind 

That is nourished by starlight

Takes pleasure in spectral hues

Feasts on designs found on flowers and birds

Relishes musical scores


Who knows what really is “beauty”

Who knows why we treasure it so

We only know that it brings us delight

And fullness which lingers within


With age our bodies lose power

Eyes and hearing may dim

Yet this pleasure-response to beauty

As part of our fiber, endures

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