Lily, So Beautiful
by Catherine Benskin

L
ily glides into the room; all heads turn on her string.
Her under-rated beauty is somewhat masculine.
Everybody knows her name; she stands above the crowd.
They question in safe whispers things they’d never ask aloud.

She’s so beautiful. I think she’s beautiful. If she’s so beautiful,
Why does she sit alone?

Sippin’ tart martinis she tells me who she’s been:
A father, lover, dreamer, mother, inspired, a little sin
She says she’s learned to smile a lot to catch the stares off-guard
Once you’ve seen her soul within, compassion’s not too hard.

She’s so beautiful. I think she’s beautiful. If she’s so beautiful,
Why does she sit alone?

Removing her false lashes lends a mirror to her past
Through years of pride and strength, her painful boyhood memories last.
Her parents’ disapproval yields black eye liner stained tears.
And bullies from the schoolyard still haunt with taunting jeers.

While some may scorn or pity you, Lily, you won’t get that from me.
I’ll wink at you in admiration as you live your truth in dignity.

You’re so beautiful. I think you’re beautiful, far too beautiful to be sitting all alone.

You’re so beautiful. You know you’re beautiful, from now on, Beautiful, I won’t let you sit alone.

 

Catherine Benskin© 22 Aug 2006

Catherine Benskin is a Christian Musician based in Germantown MD.
She also is a minister with the LGBT community in her church. To learn more about Catherine and her mission visit her web site, www.catherinebenskin.com


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