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Beauty -- poetry by Julia Dun Rappaport

Beauty is a

Trick meant to

Distract. A

Sly

Cat

Slinking into an alley,

Waiting for a

Fool's attraction to be

Lured.

Social construct meant to

Forge a

Divide of in or

Out.

Within or without,

Bought but never

Gained.

Beauty is a

Shallow pond for the

Dipping toes of hollow

Souls.

Existing only

Because we

Believe it.


Julia Dun Rappaport is a writer, poet, and artist. She was an Honorable Mention in the 2020 Longfellow Student Poetry Contest, the 2020 winner of her school-wide poetry slam, and the 2018 Graduation Writing Award. Her poetry has been published in The Boothbay Register, the book A Celebration of Poets, Skipping Stones, the Auroras and Blossoms PoArtMo Anthology, Ice Lolly Review, and Cathartic Literary Magazine. She was also selected to be her school’s 2021 graduation speaker. In addition, her designs and paintings have won several school and town art contests, as well as the Creative Communications national art contest. Julia is a rising ninth grader and lives outside of Boston with her family.

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