Poem of the Week: Looks Alone

Hello again, readers!

This week’s “Poem of the Week” is a simple Shakespearean sonnet that teaches the reader an old adage that I myself have learned to be truth: “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” Without further ado, then, here’s Looks Alone. Enjoy!

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Looks Alone

February 4, 2013

 

When I look at someone, know what I see?

An outfit, a posture…perhaps a face?

What does any of that alone tell me

‘Bout that person or ‘bout the human race?

What do looks alone tell anybody

About the nature of one person’s soul?

Who’s to say that someone smiling kindly

Isn’t actually a real asshole?

Meanwhile, that one guy scowling by himself,

His stony face frozen into a frown,

Is no meaner than anybody else

And could quite be the nicest guy in town.

Lest you chat with him, you may never know,

For when do looks alone help friendships grow?

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And so concludes another “Poem of the Week.” Thank you all for reading, and I hope that this composition has reminded you all to look deeper than a fellow human being’s appearance to discover his or her true beauty. At any rate, thanks for checking in with me, and as always be sure to visit my author pages at Smashwords.com, Amazon.com, and Amazon.co.uk. Also, be sure to come back next week for more poetic goodness. Until then, though, happy reading!

Regards,

Dustin M. Weber

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10 thoughts on “Poem of the Week: Looks Alone

  1. First off I want to say great blog! I had a quick question which I’d like to ask if you don’t mind.

    I was curious to know how you center yourself and clear your thoughts prior to writing.

    I’ve had a difficult time clearing my mind in getting my thoughts out. I do enjoy writing but it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes are generally wasted simply just trying to figure out how to begin. Any ideas or hints? Thanks!

    • Don’t worry, Sheila. I myself get writer’s block every now and then. Perhaps the best advice I can give you is for you to take a step back from writing whatever article you’re working on or are planning on working on, take a deep breath, and ask yourself, “What do I want to convey in this article, and what’s the best way of going about it?” From there, make yourself a rough outline of the your article–including the topic you want to talk about and the points you feel best support your argument/message–so that you have a better understanding of what it is you want to say and provide yourself a definite beginning, middle, and end. This is especially important if you’re working on a short story, whether it be based on an actual occurrence in your life or a brief work of fiction. Then, challenge yourself to write at least one paragraph per day, making sure to stay close enough to your outline so that you don’t stray too far away from the points you want to make, yet not so close that you limit the content of your article. This is perhaps the most basic model that I use in constructing the articles that make up my “In relation to My Work” segment, and the process usually takes me no longer than a week or two, depending on how much else is going on my life at the moment (my novels, household errands, family, etc.). However, it is important—if not, in fact, crucial—that you keep writing your article bit by bit each and every day from day one to the day you finally plan on posting it and pay close attention to your article’s format, spelling, and grammar with each and every word you type. If you see a typo in your work, correct it the moment you see it, as the more typos you allow in your blog articles, the less enjoyable they will be for your audience to read.

      As for my poems, the process is even simpler and can be broken down into a few points:

      1. Think of a topic that you’d like to cover.
      2. Consider a format for your poem–standard couplet style, sonnet, limerick, haiku freestyle, what have you. Feel free to study other forms of poetry if you need that extra kick of inspiration.
      3. Simply sit down and write your poem, making sure all the while that you stay true not only to the mechanics of your chosen format, but also the message you wish to convey via your poem.

      I hope this information helps, but either way, thank you for your response, and feel free to subscribe.

  2. Finally–a poem that speaks the truth about human superficiality and how stupid it actually is. I especially love how it’s so short, sweet, and to the point.

    Great work, bub! I’m definitely looking forward to your next piece.

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