Mona Lisa Musing, by Paul Waring
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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