Thursday, March 19, 2015

Hidden Beauty--By Andrea Dietrich--United States

Hidden Beauty
(a rondeau)

Hidden beauty I know can dwell
within a body worn and frail.
I think of one who had been doled
great miseries, so once grown old,
his body seemed a dismal shell. .

Although he’d lived on earth his hell,
grown nearly crippled and unwell,
his inner fortitude was gold -
                     Hidden beauty!

Life’s many hardships could not quell
his positivity, nor fell
That strength - his fire against the cold -
a virtue that should be extolled!
In knowing him, I well could tell
                     hidden beauty.

Andrea Dietrich grew up in Iowa and now resides in Utah with a spouse and two cats. She has two grown children and six grandchildren. Having graduated BYU with a Spanish major/ESL minor, she has spent most of her adult life teaching. It wasn't until 2000 that she began writing in earnest and discovering her "niche" as a writer of lyrical poetry. The internet opened up a new world for her, and she has spent nearly a decade now participating in poetry clubs, acting as a judge of poetry contests for various magazines and for the website Shadow Poetry.


  1. Andrea, your beautiful poem makes me think of my beautiful grandmother who exudes every essence which you define in your poem. I know I would sorely miss her if she weren't here!! She is the most gentle, forgiving and loving person and every day I want to emulate her. Regarding "Shadow Poetry" I have relied on the rules of each format of poetry in which I am favored to writing, on Shadow Poetry. I wonder where people get their ideas to writing so many different version of Haiku, but on Shadow Poetry, the different types are limited, unless it has changed now. Your poem is very humbling and beautiful. Always great to read you in this Whispers library!! Sheri

  2. Beautifully written, Andrea! I have always enjoyed your poetry over the years. Keep up the excellent work!

  3. Andrea, I have really enjoyed "Hidden Beauty." What a delightful and uplifting poem. Thank you for sharing and continued blessings!

    -MJ (

  4. Very good poem, Andie. Well written and a pleasure to read.

  5. And the leaves are most beautiful just before they fall.

  6. How beautiful Andrea. Thank you for sharing your wonderful talent in this well written, flowing poem. I truly enjoyed it.

  7. Wonderful poem Andrea...The hidden beauty is what matters. Outward appearances can be deceiving & will fade in time, but the inner spirit lives on for eternity. Nicely written. Best wishes, Chris~

  8. Very well done Andrea. True beauty is often hidden. best wishes. Pete. Hope you are ok.

  9. love this thoughtful & tender write, Andrea