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God Went to Beauty School

Anne Moratto | April 17, 2013 | 10:44 AM

Newberry Medalist Cynthia Rylant has written many much-loved children's books.  Her collection of poems, "God Went to Beauty School" includes this sweet take on God choosing to be a manicurist because He likes hands.

Whether or not you believe in a God (or Supreme Being or Great Spirit or Higher Power), in the middle of a week with dark, sad news, this lovely poem offers us a moment to pause and remember that the world is a beautiful place. Keep doing what you do, beauty pros. The world is a better place because you went to beauty school.

God Went to Beauty School


God Went to Beauty School

  by Cynthia Rylant

 He went there to learn how

to give a good perm

and ended up just crazy

about nails

so He opened up His own shop.

"Nails by Jim" He called it.

He was afraid to call it

Nails by God.

He was sure people would

think He was being

disrespectful and using

His own name in vain

and nobody would tip.

He got into nails, of course,

because He'd always loved


hands were some of the best things

He'd ever done

and this way He could just

hold one in His

and admire those delicate

bones just above the knuckles,

delicate as birds' wings,

and after He'd done that


He could paint all the nails

any color He wanted,

then say,


and mean it.

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