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Portrait Poetry Series #80: Mona Lisa Smile

I haven’t posted any poems from the Portrait Poetry Series recently – it is surprise how many I have gathered over the years. Truthfully, I haven’t written any in some time – and perhaps, during these moments of quiet reflection that being stuck home has given me – I may need to start again.

For those who haven’t read from this series in the past, here’s an explanation:

In case you haven’t been here before, I love writing prompts – whether a list of words, one word, or even an image. With these posts, I have written poems specifically about paintings and I hope, with my words, you see the scene just as visibly in your heart and mind as if you had seen the image itself. Oh, and yes – from the title, you will probably guess the view on this one 🙂

Mona Lisa Smile

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


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


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


Writer of poetry and seeker of knowledge. I hope to inspire and be inspired by my words and the world around me.

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