True Beauty: Bucas Grande Surigao Del Norte

While exploring through the majestic Bucas Grande and Sohoton Cove of Surigao Del Norte, I had a humbling experience where I was able to reflect on the idea of beauty.

When I was in college, my literature professor asked us what is the real purpose of literature- art’s for art’s sake or for social change? Then, I  thought that real beauty is nonetheless exemplified by nature. It may sound cliche but witnessing natural beauty is astounding and humbling for whatever we do as humans all we can do is to look at nature and feel the beauty that has rested for years.

Here is a short poem that contains all these thoughts I had:

True Beauty

by: Edison Manalo

Real beauty sits still and holds its graceful pose without effort or qualm.

It knows no spectacle nor grand display -just endless patience

as beauty has been born of and raise of beauty -and nothing else.

Soon, when man finds real beauty he will tremble.

He will take his own breath and envelope the infinity beauty holds- and he will fail.

He will bow down like kinsmen to a queen, lowly servants to a master,

yet real beauty shall not throw her pompous royal gaze.

She will bear the stillness of centuries of grace

as beauty deserves nothing but beauty-

calm, still,unmoved.

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