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What is the most beautiful thing you've seen/heard/read recently?

Asked by Haleth (19543points) November 10th, 2011

I stumbled across these lines recently:

“When he looked out from the beach, the torches from the squid-catching boats stretched out like a bridge of fire. On the night of the Feast of Lanterns, his grandmother and kinsmen lit lanterns and from their boats set them afloat into the sea. All around them the candle-lit lanterns floated in the water.

‘Your grandpa has become a fish and lives in the sea,’ his grandmother told Shinkichi with a serious face. ‘This sea is the world where we live after we die. When your grandma dies one day, I’ll have them cast my body into the sea, and I’ll become a fish and be able to see your grandpa again.’” -Shusaku Endo, Deep River

Please share the most beautiful thing you’ve come across recently. Whether it’s an anecdote, a song, lines of prose or poetry, or anything else.

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blueiiznh's avatar


From the beginning of my life
I have been looking for your face
but today I have seen it

Today I have seen
the charm, the beauty,
the unfathomable grace
of the face
that I was looking for

Today I have found you
and those who laughed
and scorned me yesterday
are sorry that they were not looking
as I did

I am bewildered by the magnificence
of your beauty
and wish to see you
with a hundred eyes

My heart has burned with passion
and has searched forever
for this wondrous beauty
that I now behold

I am ashamed
to call this love human
and afraid of God
to call it divine

Your fragrant breath
like the morning breeze
has come to the stillness of the garden
You have breathed new life into me
I have become your sunshine
and also your shadow

My soul is screaming in ecstacy
Every fiber of my being
is in love with you

Your efflugence
has lit a fire in my heart
for me
the earth and sky

My arrow of love
has arrived at the target
I am in the house of mercy
and my heart
is a place of prayer

zensky's avatar

I don’t know about the superlative, but I liked this by Ogden Nash:

When you are wrong, promptly admit it. When you are right, shut up!

AshLeigh's avatar

Seen: A picture of my three year old niece. <3
Heard: “There’s no school on Friday…” :D
Read: “We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty. We must start in our own homes to remedy this kind of poverty.”
-Mother Teresa

rojo's avatar

My grandaughter smiling about something she did at school today.

smilingheart1's avatar

Tomorrow is Canadian Remembrance Day. Many touching depictments are in the news of little children of slain soldiers giving tribute to their dads. Remembrance Day is so contemporary now.

Strauss's avatar

”..You’ll be hearing the herons, crying out over the black lakes, and you’ll be hearing the grouse and the owls with them. and the larks and the big thrushes when the days are warm…”

John Millington Synge, In The Shadow of the Glen.

cazzie's avatar

I saw the look on my stepson’s face when he realised he wasn’t alone in the way he thought. I showed him a small part of Temple Grandin’s talk on TED about being autistic. It was a beautiful, ‘Ah ha’ moment for him.

I heard him say, ‘Cazzie, you are the only one in the family who understands me.’ (I started to cry.)

I also saw the full moon rise over the fjord last night, and it had made it’s way around to the West side when I woke up this morning, looking just as bright and etherial in the early morning pink, greys and blues.

stardust's avatar

This Beautiful Song!

digitalimpression's avatar

This , simply because of the sheer will it would have taken. It was inspirational.

Cinamingrl's avatar

Something simple, today while I was driving down a side street near home, I saw a long hedge fence with Morning Glories opened up. And behind that, a tree with some sort of bright pinkish small flowers.
I notice the small things usually.

marinelife's avatar

I cried almost the whole way through this article from the Washington Post today about a family that brought home a puppy from Iraq that their son/boyfriend had held the day before he died in an IED explosion..

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