A Familiar October Face

His face, too broad for beauty, shows
Complexion far too florid;
His eyes are vacant, and his nose
Triangular and horrid.
The spaces left between his teeth
Would shock an orthodontist;
His lid has not a hair beneath…
He’ll win no beauty contest!
Yet when a candle set inside
Is lit, he looks quite mellow,
And very quickly we agree
That he’s a charming fellow.
So other less-than-perfect creatures
(Like us) may cast a glow
And make folks quite forget our features
If we but let our light show.

Ruth Van Gorder