“In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect. Trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways, and they’re still beautiful.” – Alice Walker

“Use the talents you possess, for the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except the best.” – Henry Van Dyke

“Nothing and no one is perfect. It just takes a good eye to find those hidden imperfections.” – Daphne Delacroix

“There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion.” – Francis Bacon Sr.

“Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.” ― Marilyn Monroe

“If you look closely at a tree you’ll notice it’s knots and dead branches, just like our bodies. What we learn is that beauty and imperfection go together wonderfully.” ― Matthew Fox

“Usefulness is not impaired by imperfection. You can still drink from a chipped cup.” – Greta K. Nagel

We tend to find that all things odd and imperfect are actually beautiful. Hello everyone and welcome to another exciting round of our monthly segment “On Popular Demand.” Due to receiving the highest number of votes our topic for this week is Imperfection. I strongly believe that no one is perfect. Our flaws are such that make us unique and beautiful and thus set us apart from the rest of the world. Tonight our task is simple. Write a poem or prose piece revolving around imperfection. Delve deep into your heart and pour out your views and opinions. Previously written work is more than welcome. For further inspiration please refer to the three wonderful poems below:

A Drop in the Ocean

by Russell Banks

Mysterious, mystifying, puzzling, wavering
an echo fills the empty catacombs
reciting words only heard from a movie
…Mirror, dear benevolent mirror crystallized on the wall
please, please tell me, aid me in my quest of knowledge
to know…who is the fairest of them all
‘Why does it matter? Do you hear yourself speaking?
Why should any of that matter if the only one in the mirror is you? ‘
Why should it matter if the only person in the mirror is you? …
Beauty…it’s not a contest, no question about it
It’s in everyone, everything
but people use its concept as a blindfold
transform it into a personal goal
a personal gain to be another conforming carbon cut out
to feel perfection coursing through their veins
Are they all vain; perfection is false, a distant myth
Beauty is a ticking clock that fades away with age
There it is, gone in the wind
Open your eyes and realize
mirrors are designed to show you the real you
Not a clone, not a fake, not a copy of imperfection
people are perfect just the way they are
Under all the lies that claim to beautify
to some, all you are is a drop in the ocean
though they’re sinking like ships in their own

Where do I Belong?

by Jesse Kaler

I have been to hell and heaven
None has seemed to fit me right.
Bending to the will of most men,
I say I have fallen to my knees,
I have fallen from heaven and risen from hell
To be here with the goddess,
my dear, my goddess is you.
Shrouded in imperfection
I look past the fears I had with you.
So where do I belong?
I belong in this place, this world,
solid, rigid, warm and ice cold.
I belong with the goddess that is you.
Free me from my darkest hour,
lead me into brighter light,
show me bright stars unhindered,
and I will bow to you.

She is

by Lisa Brannon

She is the gentle breeze that blows
Whispering in your ear
She is the calm that steers your heart
When your mind makes you fear
She is the glistening on the water
Painting ripples in the sunset
She’s the one true love that got away
The one you can’t seem to forget
She is the embers of your heart
You just can’t seem to control
Her fire it burns so brightly
It lights up your entire world
The one wild angel you can’t lock up
For you know it would be a sin
Because a woman like her was born to fly
Not meant to ever be caged
To know her is to love her
Every imperfection, every flaw
Because a love like hers is rarely seen
So your blessed if she comes along
Treat her with the most respect
Remember to be oh so sweet
With you she will share her world
She’ll build you such a beautiful life
Just be genuine to her soul


So pick up a pen and lets begin! As always the prompt will remain open the entire week so that everyone can write according to their own pace and time. Please click on the blue widget below. When it opens be sure to click on “add your link.” Now skip the blanks and proceed directly to “try here” written at the end in small font. It will direct you on how to link your poem. Please visit other Poets and do comment on their poems. Have fun ❤️