No Strangers to the Underlying Beauty

People everywhere want just one thing–
to be and feel loved
Honored by another’s presence
Lifting up their deepest sense of being

We saw this in those dark brown eyes
of the two young Costa Rican girls
in that small village near Tortuguero
Not only their eyes, but their half smiles said:
Lift us up just a little higher
that we may see slightly beyond
Help us remember that the same beauty
in these sweet flowers all about fills us
Helping us get through the swirling darkness, falling
once the sun has set

You are not of our world, but
at the same time
you are not strangers to this beauty
filling the flowers, and all of us
May we, for just one moment
stand together with you in its presence

Author: Don Iannone, D.Div.

Biography Photographer, poet, teacher, complementary medicine provider, interfaith minister, and former economic developer. Holds a Doctorate in Divinity, Master of Divinity, Master of Mind-Body Medicine, and Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology. Clinical certifications in Reiki, guided meditation, life purpose coaching, and spiritual counseling.  Author of 12 books, including two new books in the contemporary spirituality field. Learn more here. Contact Information Kosmos Consulting and Research website:  Visual Advantage Photography website: Flickr Photo Page here: Contact Don Iannone by email:

13 thoughts on “No Strangers to the Underlying Beauty”

  1. Aurora: Thanks for stopping by and catching up. Yes, Costa Rica was wonderful. We enjoyed every bit of it. Travel poetry is fun, and helps preserve the “feelings” experienced.

    Sounds like you have much work on your shoulders. Thank you for what you do for poetry. It helps all of us who love it. The poetic giants from the past and present whose shoulders you stand upon say thank you Aurora.

    Take care and enjoy the spring. It’s in the air…

  2. I loved looking through your Costa Rica pictures, and I enjoyed this poem a great deal. It’s great to see you’ve taken your experience of travel to a deeper level.

    It’s going to be awhile before I can update my blog, but I’m going to try and post on Magnapoets Free Verse and Form, and Japanese Form. It’s just too hectic here with editing the anthologies and preparing the next print issue of MP. I think my visits will probably be erratic as well, but I’ll do my best to keep up.

    Glad to see you’ve had some R&R and made art out of it. 🙂

  3. Your poem is magical but I dont know why I felt so sad, images of women standing so beautiful who are just waiting for someone to save them.. a journey that they need to be taken out from

  4. Trinitystar: Thanks for stopping by. Hope the spring is a good one for you. Thanks for sharing your story. I know what you mean,

  5. Exquisite Don,

    I remember that I was away somewhere and there was an absolutely beautiful gypsy girl about 5 years of age … her eyes were so large and sparkled. Running barefoot … ragged clothes. I was quite taken back by her beauty. The spirit of beauty is everywhere … we just need to be aware of it.
    Lovely post! Thank you

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