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Sofonisba Anguissola Self Portrait

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Sofonisba Anguissola Self Portrait

Do you feel an ache from your virgin breasts,
as you paint the Madonna whom God blessed?
Your eyes present an almost haunted glow,
hands delicate barely hold onto brush.
Insanity almost seems within your reach.
You barely smile as you look my way.
I'm left to wonder where I should gaze.

Mother leans forward baby speaks in ear.
Are you cultured woman able to hear?
Has the Christ child left you in darkness?
Will light ever shine beneath your cloak of black?
Perhaps downturned lips will rise in ecstacy!
A child to love who suckles at your breast.
Secret joyful sounds a heart caressed.

Attempt at an inverted Sonnet for the renaisance
woman-- 2nd in the series contest.
Sponsor Cyndi Macmillan

Self portrait with her painting a picture 
of Christ child wispering in Mary's ear.

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  1. Date: 2/5/2014 1:44:00 PM
    lovely contemplations vividly expressed, rich...this should have placed higher!.. sweet congrats!

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 2/5/2014 2:13:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Either way I am glad it made the list.
  1. Date: 2/5/2014 11:54:00 AM
    I really liked your use of questions & can you please write to me of inverted sonnets? Congrad's on your win, Light & Love

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 2/5/2014 12:06:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Debbie, please refer to my note below to Andrea, she had the same question. I have no idea if it is a recognized form.
  1. Date: 2/5/2014 11:53:00 AM
    Way to go with this great win..Congrats!!!! Thanks for dropping by with congrats..Sara

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 2/5/2014 12:06:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    My pleasure Sara.
  1. Date: 2/5/2014 10:15:00 AM
    Congrats on a fine win Richard

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 2/5/2014 10:22:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Joseph.
  1. Date: 2/5/2014 9:58:00 AM
    This is super Richard, congrats.

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 2/5/2014 10:13:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Kayod5, I appreciate the positive comment.
  1. Date: 2/5/2014 12:58:00 AM
    Lovely write on Art and congrats on the fine win, richard

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 2/5/2014 8:54:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Dr. Ram.
  1. Date: 11/15/2013 12:30:00 AM
    I enjoyed this one, Richard. What do you mean by inverted sonnet?? never heard of it!! oh, and I like how you mention her wondering if she will ever have a child of her own. I researched this artist and could not find any mention of her ever being a mother, though she was twice married.

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 11/15/2013 7:44:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    At the time she painted this one it was believed that she was a virgin. I looked up modern sonnets. It is suppose to be as if two different moods are expressed in each Stanza. Still a total of 14 lines and rhyming the first two lines.
  1. Date: 11/11/2013 7:54:00 AM
    Beautiful! I am in awe of your talent for taking new forms and making them your own. I love the line..."I'm left to wonder where I should gaze." The feelings you expressed are of the artist, the Madonna, and any woman.

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 11/11/2013 9:49:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Wow what a great comment! You just made my morning Monterey.
  1. Date: 11/10/2013 8:28:00 AM
    I am genuinely impressed with what you did here. Massive bravos to you, sir!

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 11/10/2013 9:38:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Drake. I'm pleased you enjoyed my poem.
  1. Date: 11/10/2013 7:54:00 AM
    Richard....I read this twice through...but didn't comment until I checked out the painting. WOW WOW WOW! Now, I've read a third time through and YES....you have captured it so well. I absolutely love this piece. You are a master....Great work

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 11/10/2013 9:37:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Your comment has made my day. I have know idea if I got the modern sonnet right but I am pleased it created emotion none the less.
  1. Date: 11/9/2013 10:01:00 PM
    just divine is presentation and content of mother-son relationship... i find this both compassionate and glorious, rich.. spill on!

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 11/10/2013 9:36:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    You bring a smile to my face Nette. Huggs.
  1. Date: 11/9/2013 9:53:00 PM
    You dazzled me so much on this outstanding dedication my dear friend Richard!! Two thumbs/hands up here! I'm now speechless as I'll directly keep this masterpiece in my fave treasure box ;)) for this is a great winning piece for me. I like it sooo much! thank u, thank u! Biggest hugs! Thanks a lot as well for your precious time to drop by & enjoy my simple poem/s. Have a nice wkend! love lots & biggest hugs, Leonora

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 11/10/2013 9:35:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    It was indeed my pleasure to read your work Leonora. There is nothing simple about the treasures you share with us. Have a most excellent weekend my friend.
  1. Date: 11/9/2013 7:40:00 PM
    Who could look upon the Madonna and not smile, I'm sure the painter held her in her heart. Love how you've mixed these together Rick, straight from the artists palette. Take care, Richard

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 11/10/2013 9:32:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Richard, I appreciate you being the first to comment.