Mona Lisa Musing
It's all about perspective. For example,
the imaginery landscape behind
for Leonardo was the perfect contrast
to my reserved posture but, to me,
is theatrical and over-the-top.
He so desperately wanted my portrait
to depict ideal womanhood like
the Virgin Mary yet he painted
a frumpy plain Jane housewife.
Although I’m known as La Gioconda,
meaning jocund, I didn't see the funny
side of that, nor the sitting for an eternity
on that rickety pozetto armchair.
There is a hint of a smile in the upturned
corners of my mouth and eyes but it’s no
laughing matter to be stared at constantly.
I never wanted to be famous.
You probably think I’m ungrateful and
should be called Moaner. You’d be right,
but I'm laughing on the other side of my
face now. As I said, it’s all about perspective.
Paul Waring, a retired clinical psychologist lives in Wirral, UK. He once designed menswear and, in the 1980's, was a singer/songwriter in several Liverpool bands. His work has been widely published in magazines/sites including Reach Poetry, Eunoia Review, The Open Mouse, Poets Online and is forthcoming in Clear Poetry and Amaryllis. His blog ishttps://waringwords.wordpress.com
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