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Maudlin Mary

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Modeled by the     skilled and clumsy hands
of artists and artisans into an ideal state of she-ness,
a penniless waif appears      on a stool

last week a stranger called her Mona Lisa. 

Statuesque upon the betrayer
warmed by the lemon-lolly light from
bays of north facing windows, blinded;
she can but blink.

Surrounded by a 
cog-notched cyclical wheel of nubile artists—
blooming buds of wildness, vertical sprigs
flail softly on the breezy bounty of 

Brush and trowel, thick and thin,
the artists stoke her—semblance
canvased by millennium brush biters
maudlin Mary is returned to the pre-historic stew 
by the likes of Claude     
polished to a pearly perfection
by type A, Hieronymus’.

They were all strangers to her     posers, 
every bit as much as she.
Royal pretenders in a world 
where only the artless 

are paid. 

Moneylenders rise on their     discarded carapaces
beauty sucked dry by the doers and shakers
who spread like choking bittersweet    through
the lollypop-light from the bay windows facing north
consuming Mona.  

Julie ford Oliver - Famous Models 

First Appeared in Illumen Magazine Fall of 2014

Copyright © | Year Posted 2015

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Date: 8/3/2015 7:29:00 AM
Debbie, You have been writing poems for quite a while now. Noticed that Afolabi has become quite poetic analyst in his own right. Jim Horn
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Date: 8/3/2015 12:40:00 AM
I love your description, it is very eloquence. Excellence.......A.M.
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Date: 8/2/2015 3:15:00 PM
Exquisite beauty of your pen too. Famous Mona's poem. Wish you Happy friendship Day. Loved always my lovely friend,bl
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Date: 7/31/2015 11:05:00 AM
Wow!! A great read. . .Wonderful descriptions. A 7 at least!
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Date: 7/31/2015 8:54:00 AM
Vivid, beautiful, exquisite and I could go on.. This is why you are the Teacher!
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Date: 7/29/2015 4:38:00 PM
beautiful descriptive write, Debs
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Date: 7/26/2015 12:57:00 PM
There you go again Deb. You flood us with rich imagery so much so that a reaching the bottom, one feels having seen the entire painting...and as Keith noted...almost. I wonder if you purposely omitted the fish jar. I like that line about only the artless are paid. PS. Had to read several times though...haha
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Debbie Guzzi
Date: 7/26/2015 2:09:00 PM
yes Kim, I like to give the reader a full meal not just a tidbit - most of my verses are layered with meaning through the use of metaphor - I so appreciate that you like my writing!
Date: 7/25/2015 11:57:00 AM
High praise for this one and for you being published in illumen. Ihay is a cool painting and your Eckphrasis really expanded it. lolly-light is my new favorite word. a 7 goes without saving and a fav. Luv, SuZ
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Date: 7/24/2015 11:43:00 PM
what a most interesting topic for Ekphrasis, Debs. Congratulations for its publication in Illumen. I can see how it got in!(and thanks for the inspiration of your food contest)
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Date: 7/24/2015 4:19:00 PM
Enjoyed reading your descriptive lines about this painting which incorporated the artist's rendition of the Mona Lisa..Thanks for stopping by..Sara
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Date: 7/24/2015 9:50:00 AM
Interesting piece.
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Date: 7/24/2015 3:07:00 AM
Exquisite write Debbie! Glad I read this noon!
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