softens and blooms
into the livid greens
and blues of a mouldy
citrus bruise. Once it was firm
and glossy, oiled with fruity
essence; it has become its own
reflection, silently exhaling
spores that dance a tango
with a fading summer
Kim M. Russell, 16th October 2018
Mish is our host this Tuesday with a challenging prompt. She says that we all know that beauty is subjective and that we are unique in our own tastes, opinions, expectations and the way in which we see or feel beauty. As there are some places, objects, creatures, images that are more pronounced in terms of ugliness, she would like us to look at them with new eyes: find beauty in the ugly; refuse to be repulsed by what we see; embrace the ugliness and transform it into something beautiful – in a poem.
Mish has shared a number of images in which we can explore the deformities of nature, the unsightliness of a cluttered mess or the details of decay. All we have to do is choose an image that we would normally not find attractive or find one of our own.