Portraits Poetry #54: Mona Lisa Smile

I guess there is no question which image prompted these words.  I was trying to find an image that would move me to write today, and this was what I came up with.  I hope you enjoy!

 

Portraits Series

 
She sat before the artist
and wondered
what curious lines
would he delve
to carve her features.
Was her smile too wide?
Was it not enough?
And she wondered,
how should she interpret
her beauty
so as to be seen –
and she likewise worried
how would he interpret
her beauty,
if there was any
to be found.
She sat unflinching
her face held taught
she held her head high
and stared straight forward,
despite the strong desire
to look away.
There was too much
expectation
in the artist’s hand
moving across the canvas.
What would he see?
and could he trace
the silent sorrows
she hid behind her smile?
Years later
and many more –
people often wondered:
Did she really smile
or were her true feelings
hidden…
behind bashful glances,
but as she sat stoically
before da Vinci,
only he truly perceived
her pride, and her joy
simultaneously intermixed
with her uncertainty, and discomfort.
With gentle strokes,
he gently leads the viewer
to truly see
her soul’s ambiguity.

(c) Sumyanna 2017

Advertisements

13 Comments Add yours

  1. leigha66 says:

    Beautiful interpretation of the famous painting!

    Like

    1. Sumyanna says:

      So glad you think so! Thank you Leigha!

      Liked by 1 person

      1. leigha66 says:

        You’re welcome.

        Liked by 1 person

  2. A wonderful poem about this famous and iconic painting, Sumyanna.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Sumyanna says:

      I saw her image the other day and just could not help but wonder. It is nice, I think. The portrait could have been straight forward, a smile no smile. She pauses there, for a moment – and lends on to imagine. He was quite the artist!

      Liked by 1 person

      1. He most certainly was a great artist. He was also a great inventor. We went to an exhibition of his inventions last year and I was astonished at them, particularly, at that time in history.

        Like

        1. Sumyanna says:

          Yes, I’m not sure where I went but I also saw exhibits on his inventions and I also saw a wonderful youtube video once about them. It is amazing all the things he accomplished back then.

          Liked by 1 person

  3. Bobby Del Boy says:

    I think just as important are the readers reactions to your poem and Davinci’s painting. Let’s add all those reactions to Mona Lisa’s for the completed stew of emotions. Love it Sumyanna!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Sumyanna says:

      Incredibly true. Perhaps sometimes we find a little of ourselves in each painting. Thank you Bobby! 🙂

      Like

  4. Beautifully portrayed the painting. I am sure da vinci will be estatic with ur analysis on monalisa. Keep up the good work.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Sumyanna says:

      Thank you very much. I do hope so 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  5. I wonder what she was actually thinking!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Sumyanna says:

      Me too 🙂 I could not resist to try, but truthfully, we will never know…

      Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s