Saturday, April 02, 2005

Mirror, Mirror

A young spring-tender girl
combed her joyous hair
'You are very ugly' said the mirror.
But,
on her lips hung
a smile of dove-secret loveliness,
for only that morning had not
the blind boy said,
'You are beautiful'?

- Spike Milligan


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This poem conveys wonderfully what I was previously struggling to say. Which is that beauty comes from within. It's a quality that's inspired by the good we do and the love we receive. It is a mark of God's Mercy. It cannot be manufactured.

6 Comments:

Anonymous Anjum said...

masha'Allah, that's a very good point, which is often said and too rarely appreciated in this duniya.


and of course, mango milkshakes are AMAZING. as are falooda kulfi (rose ice cream) milkshakes. The taste of a falooda without the noodles floatin' around! Doesn't get any better than that, in my humble opinion. In fact, I think rose ice cream has eclipsed mint chocolate chip in the "my favorite ice cream" category.

5:20 PM  
Blogger baj said...

ohhh, that's what you were trying to say! can't argue with that. there are some physically stunning and attractive people all over this planet who are just hideous and grotesque and vile on the inside. and then you got people like me. *grins a bucktoothed grin* ;)

6:43 PM  
Blogger DeOwl said...

:) Very true and so beautifully put. Thanks for sharing.

12:10 AM  
Blogger karrvakarela said...

Assalamualaikum,

Anjum: I've never had a falooda milkshake. Normally we just have the ice cream or kulfi with the noodles. Did you know those black seeds they put in there are called "tookh malanga" in Punjabi? Maybe Knicq or Ushi can tell us what that means.

Baji: :o) Do you know there is an international society of gap-toothed people? I don't remember what it's called but Ammi tells me it's considered auspicious.

Owl: jazak Allah, sister.

10:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those black seeds r called 'Tukhm-e-baalanga'. In Persian, tukhm means seed.My Husband's Dadi puts them in Rooh afza.They r supposed to have a cooling effect on the body and prevent heat stroke.

11:38 AM  
Blogger karrvakarela said...

Anonymous: Thank you! I think because I mispronounced it I always thought they had some sort of mild sedative or narcotic quality, vis-a-vis the malang bit. Thank you for correcting me.

1:25 AM  

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