Love the Shades; They Make Life Beautiful 



Gone are the days when faded meant old;

Worn out, expired, out of touch;

When clothes had an expiring date;

Starting with the moment they get their first wash;

Things were only appreciated when they looked new;

Used extensively when in vogue;

Tossed at the slight sign of fabric stress;

And considered rag-worthy when they fade;

Gone are the days when ‘torn’ meant ragged;

Exclusive for the homeless and the mentally-ill;

Passed down to the less privileged;

Or thrown down to mop the messy floors;

It was the end of the road for the poor attire;

Losing its dignity of formerly being hanged in the closet;

And receiving compliments from many lips;


Now faded is the new shade;

And torn is the new design;

Beauty doesn’t just lie in the eyes of the beholder;

We see it as such when the people who ‘matter’ say it is;

What we disregard becomes the most sought-after;

When a celebrity endorses it;

We see a different dimension of beautiful;

When someone ‘opens’ our eyes;

And re-adjusts our perspective;


Just as we can proudly strut around;

In our faded shades of color;

And hang them with the rich-colored attires;

We can also appreciate the faded shades of our lives;

Not giving up on them;

But appreciating the beauty in their difference;


Relationships will never remain blissful;

But even after the thrills and butterflies cease;

We can find something else to appreciate;


Starting something new is always exciting;

A new startup, project, friendship, marriage;

But after a while, it fades;

We don’t give up on our projects;

Because they don’t excite us as before;

The furniture doesn’t look and smell new anymore;

But we find something else to get us going.


There’s beauty in everything;

If only we refocus our lenses;

We’d see them clearly;

Don’t give up on the faded pieces of your life;

See them as shades of beauty.


© Josephine Amoako 2016


20 Comments Add yours

  1. “What we disregard becomes the most sought-after;

    When a celebrity endorses it;”
    nothing disturbs my spirit like this

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  2. eddaz says:

    Brilliant post.

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      1. eddaz says:

        My pleasure!

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  3. prinxy says:

    Caught the message…
    We see things as thrash until those who matters endorse it… You take your relationship Worthless not knowing it worth nothing else to stand when you are there… Look within every filthy thing, then you realise there are always bits of fits in it….
    Josey you’re on point… Thanks for sharing

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Oh love your insight, Prinxy. Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts

      Liked by 1 person

      1. prinxy says:

        My Pleasure Josey

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  4. Beautiful use of words. Witty and insightful. Well-done Joseyphina.

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  5. Such an amazing piece of writing! ❤

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Thank you, dear! 😊

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      1. You are welcome!! ☺

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  6. stunkid says:

    Well said 👌🏾

    Liked by 1 person

  7. I love the closing statement! Thumbs up!

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Hope Jakisa says:

    can i borrow your writing skills even for an hour please? hehe awesome post. i am truly inspired!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. joseyphina says:

      Lol, thank you so much, Hope 😊

      Liked by 1 person

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