Why can’t I spell beautiful?

Try as I might, never sounds right;

when the belle tolls, sour notes roll.

Will it be e a you, teary eyes full,

Who teaches me to sound it out?


A piece about our society’s problematic conception of beauty. Utilizing the difficulty in spelling the word as a metaphor for the difficulty of recognizing true beauty.  Inspired by recently trending article about google analytics showing most popular searches starting with “how do you spell” in each state. Many states had beautiful as the word they struggled to spell. 

Other literary devices include the use of “belle” instead of bell; the fourth line “spelling out” beautiful in words; and of course the internal rhyme scheme of each of the first three lines. 

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