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Mona Lisa

You, monumental, pose inside the portrait,
In figure of a pyramid
Construed to be elite
Your right hand, rest above your left hand,
Hints that you're a virtuous woman,
With those slightly sullen arms,
I can tell, that you are pregnant,
Only to remind me, how powerful woman can be
As the carrier of humanity,
And that hermaphroditic posture advocates
A better balance gender,
A softer male and a stronger female,
In the midst of dreamy scene you are in,
What baffled me is your mysterious stare, 
I know you have some secrets that you veiled.
They are perhaps as dark as your tunic,
Maybe as complicated as your plated dress,
And as intricate as circles patterned in your vest,
But your luminous skin revealed to me something
Of your resemblance to the phases of the moon.
New, half, full and new again
You are a girl, a woman,
And soon will be a crone,
They call you Lisa, yet you really are nameless,
You are in truth a woman, who is endless,
You always die and again always sprout back,
In each rebirth is an additional wisdom.
You are indeed older than the background
In which you are located,
And now at last I know your secret!
Your mystic smile is an expression
of the past time's foolishness.

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  1. Date: 1/15/2012 2:38:00 AM
    Wonderfully expressed- loved your reveal, blessings, Brenda: )

  1. Date: 10/24/2010 7:06:00 AM
    Hi Juan! Ano ang isang magandang pugay sa isang obra maestra! Great Imagery! Enjoyed the read today! And thank you for your kind comments! Magkaroon ng isang magandang linggo!....Gert

  1. Date: 10/22/2010 7:57:00 PM
    this sure is a masterpiece in its own right, Juan! Wow! what an impressive write on the Mona Lisa-- i've always been intrigued by it-- and you've captured so much here-- really enjoyed each details-- :) beautiful work --this goes to my faves & thanks so much for dropping by my writes :) -- nikko :)

  1. Date: 10/18/2010 12:58:00 PM

  1. Date: 10/17/2010 9:25:00 PM
    Very beautiful Juan on the assets of the most famous woman in painting history... the art world is very fascinating and your poem is exquisitely penned ..thankxx for your lovely comment son my poetry with luv..

  1. Date: 10/17/2010 8:34:00 PM
    wow, you really gave an in depth study of Mona Lisa here!! I loved some of the unique lines, such as "complicated as your plated dress" This was very interesting to read, Juan Paolo. Let me see a few more now!!

  1. Date: 10/17/2010 9:38:00 AM
    Yes monalisa has that kind of intriguing look,saying i have secrets. .and i always wished she could smile more,but shewon't. .enjoyed your original take,great work,Celene!

  1. Date: 10/17/2010 7:35:00 AM
    good interpretation!!

  1. Date: 10/17/2010 6:34:00 AM
    Oh, I live your interpretation of Mona Lisa's mysterious facial expression. A woman can only remain young forever in a photo or a painting. As you say, Juan, we are girls, women, then "crones." (Cute line) Very thought-provoking poem based on a mystery of the ages. I like the way you describe the details of the painting and interpret what they say to you -- the pleats in her dress, the way her hads are folded, etc. Nicely done! Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 10/17/2010 5:11:00 AM
    Great write about a timeless work of art..Enjoyed reading your work this A.M. Thanks for visiting my work and commenting ..Sara

  1. Date: 10/15/2010 10:35:00 PM
    Juan this is outstanding. Going to my fav. Charles

  1. Date: 10/15/2010 9:34:00 AM
    Starting my weekend early reading all the amazing poetry of all the wonderful poets here at PoetrySoup. I am so happy to find your poetry posted here this morning Juan. Have a wonderful weekend and I hope you find tons of inspiration along the way as Fall is upon us. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 10/15/2010 6:51:00 AM
    P.S--I am with Doc below me, I am putting this into my favs. I have studied the Mona Lisa and its mysteries, and you put some of the 'science' into poetic lines.

  1. Date: 10/15/2010 6:48:00 AM
    Juan, this is a brilliant interpretation of the Mona Lisa. I most enjoyed reading your poem. Your depiction of the moon phases paralleling some of the mystery is excellent~Chris

  1. Date: 10/15/2010 6:08:00 AM
    What a wonderful interpretation of Mona Lisa's picture -really enjoyed. This poem goes to favourite - Juan