Metamorphosis

A Poem By Damaris Ann // 7/11/2018

I

I tried to express myself through scratches and
Scars
Bumps and bruises
A tangle of faded t shirts and
Ripped denim skirts
Proclaiming to the world
That I
Was tough
Hair in a ponytail I raced up the hill
Climbed the tree and
Fell down
Mud
On my
Face
I grit my teeth
Blood
On my skin
Proving to my friends that I
Could be
Tough

II

A few years later I
Asked for bangs
Curled my
Hair
Begged for makeup and
Painted my nails
I wore loads of
Jewelry
Expressing myself through colors
Rainbows in my
Outfits
Glitter on my
Cheeks
My high heels were my
Wardrobe staple
But I
Blushed
At the attention
Proving to the world that I
Was indeed
Beautiful

III

Then I took off the makeup and stopped
Trying to “do” my hair
Calmed my colors
Down
Scorned to paint my
Nails and
Basked
In sweet simplicity
Prideful in my
Perfection
So even though they didn’t notice my
Face
I reveled inwardly
I had proven to myself that
I was all-
Natural

IV

Then I got my makeup back
Out
I wore my
Red
Dress and painted
My nails
I looked above and found my beauty
There
And from above I sensed it
Within
So the enhanced cheekbones and
Colored fingertips
Are an
Expression
Of my metamorphosis
From
Self-sustaining
To a quiet dignity
Outlining and underlying
Because beauty within
Doesn’t need
To be shouted
Out
Nor does it need
To be
Smothered by false
Perfection
For God sees the heart
Before a display of acne
Or
A grungy shirt
Or
A glittered grin
He sees a soft heart and
Loving hands
And so I choose to
Accentuate those things
Tastefully
And with
Grace
Resting in the fact that
Because
I am loved
I am now
Lovely

Comments

Tom-boy, teenager, young

Tom-boy, teenager, young lady, woman? A good conclusion!
I’m curious about this style of poetry. Flows a bit differently.

Jill Levine Tyler | Sat, 07/14/2018

Jill L. Tyler

Trust in the Lord with all your heart

It’s basically freestyle,

It’s basically freestyle, which I write when I feel unable to write actual metered poetry. :) it’s fun to write, though, and is a whole lot less stressful when it comes down to editing. I feel a little more free in expressing myself through it. It’s rather lazy, though, and I’ll be the first to admit that. ;)

Damaris Ann | Sat, 07/14/2018

God uses the milestones as stepping stones to bring us closer to Him. We may not see it in the moment, but we can always look back and see the memorials of His love in the crumbles of our stumbling blocks.

Fun! I can see how it can be

Fun! I can see how it can be easier, but at the same time it still possesses a kind of rhythm. Nice job!

Jill Levine Tyler | Sat, 07/14/2018

Jill L. Tyler

Trust in the Lord with all your heart

Thank you so much!

Thank you so much!

Damaris Ann | Sun, 07/15/2018

God uses the milestones as stepping stones to bring us closer to Him. We may not see it in the moment, but we can always look back and see the memorials of His love in the crumbles of our stumbling blocks.

I have to say, I understand

I have to say, I understand the first one very well. I still like to be 'tough' and not cry or be 'weak', as I used to see it. But now I've been understanding it's okay to not always have it all. Also, I do understand about wanting to be pretty. Overall, I liked how it was and the ending was really nice. Thanks for sharing!

Libby | Wed, 07/18/2018

“The gospel alone is the power of God unto salvation.
Therefore, suffer, yes. Be misunderstood, yes. Be shamed, yes. But do not be ashamed. For the joy set before you, take up your cross, follow Jesus, be shamed and despise the shame!" -- John Piper

Thank you, sweet Libby!

Thank you, sweet Libby!

Damaris Ann | Wed, 07/18/2018

God uses the milestones as stepping stones to bring us closer to Him. We may not see it in the moment, but we can always look back and see the memorials of His love in the crumbles of our stumbling blocks.

This is one of the most

This is one of the most beautiful poems I've ever read! What a deep, deep reflection and honest portrayal of your journey. It fed my soul and I saw myself reflected in it. The first part instantly almost brought tears to my eyes, and the fourth part was so balanced and PROFOUND. Thank you for this <3

Sarah Bethany | Tue, 07/31/2018

And I totally understand the

And I totally understand the pride about perfect all-naturalness (different than not wearing make up because you're scared of the attention or don't know how to wear or feel it's too adult - all normal feelings)... And I love the idea of God seeing the heart before acne, grunge, or glitter!

Sarah Bethany | Tue, 07/31/2018

Oh my heart

Sweet Sarah, your comments and your personal messages made my day oh, so much brighter. Thank you for sharing your sweet heart and making mine glow brighter. “Profound”. That is something I aspire to, and I’m SO thankful that you felt that when reading my poetry.
Thank you again, sweet friend.

Damaris Ann | Wed, 08/01/2018

God uses the milestones as stepping stones to bring us closer to Him. We may not see it in the moment, but we can always look back and see the memorials of His love in the crumbles of our stumbling blocks.

This was so beautiful! You

This was so beautiful! You captured this so well! May God bless you as you continue writing!

Joy J. | Fri, 08/03/2018

C.H. Spurgeon - "God’s mercy is so great that you may sooner drain the sea of its water, or deprive the sun of its light, or make space too narrow, than diminish the great mercy of God. "

Thank you :)

Thank you so much, Joy!

Damaris Ann | Sat, 08/04/2018

God uses the milestones as stepping stones to bring us closer to Him. We may not see it in the moment, but we can always look back and see the memorials of His love in the crumbles of our stumbling blocks.

I really like this. It's

I really like this. It's relatable and I love how you traced the natural change/growth from one mindset to another.

Hannah D. | Sat, 08/18/2018

"Reason itself is a matter of faith. It is an act of faith to assert that our thoughts have any relation to reality at all." - G. K. Chesterton

Thank you, Hannah.

Thank you, Hannah.

Damaris Ann | Sun, 08/19/2018

God uses the milestones as stepping stones to bring us closer to Him. We may not see it in the moment, but we can always look back and see the memorials of His love in the crumbles of our stumbling blocks.