Mona Lisa’s Smile

The best art only speaks

By its repeated spread through

Generations of faces

Constant evolution

Of mystery and awe

Mona Lisa’s wry smile

Secrets within the strokes

Hundreds of years in preservation

The first touch of brush to canvas

Moved, shook boulders around the world

da Vinci’s pièce de résistance

His self portrait hidden within

Never hidebound, always open to

The endless possibilities of an infinite universe

To stare at such magnificent work,

To envisage the Mona Lisa coming to life

Like she was for da Vinci,

Be as still and quiet while I paint

Why, that is the most powerful drug in the world

And I am drawn by what is historically significant

And the figment of the human eye of imagination

What can move people to change their lives

Search for something more than is on the surface

Visually, I love art

It inspires and thrills

And like music, can fit any mood I am in


In Response to the Daily Prompt: The Artist’s Eye 

Is there a painting or sculpture you’re drawn to? What does it say to you? Describe the experience. (Or, if art doesn’t speak to you, tell us why.)

If there is another painting that I really like, it would be Nighthawks by Edward Hopper, just because it is open to so many parodies.

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