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  • Writer's pictureStuart Sheldon

The Insanity and Humanity of Vanity

Stop waiting to see

who watches

No one watches

At least not for long

Everyone’s far

too busy

Looking in mirrors of their own


image courtesy of Black Country Museums


Vanity is tricky. I loathe it yet, as an artist, it is the fuel that stokes the flames of self-relection which, in turn, morph into paintings and poems and songs and Frank Gehry’s Bilbao Guggenheim.

Vanity’s blade cuts deep. Festering self-absorption and neediness.

My children salved my wounds. And proved to me that my needs were no longer paramount. That fame was an illusion. That validation from the outside world did not make me better.

Helping another be better made me better.



Vanity is tragedy

A fight we pick with ourselves

Yet a worthy foe

Till the brawl ends

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