POEM| Beautiful

Beautiful;
the adjective,
is used too lightly
and too often
it’s lost its essence.

It no longer seems
special,
nor does it feel
important
when uttered.

Everything
is beautiful
easily
and frequently
it’s appalling.

You’re beautiful,
your work is beautiful,
that’s a beautiful dress,
you write beautifully.

Beauty
is meant to be
unique,
but I wonder
if it means
something else now.

Mariam Shittu