Saturday, 27 June 2009

Midsummer Poetry Week, day seven

Anatomy of a Smile

When she smiles she commands
Zygomatic major to lift
The corners of her mouth
Levitation of passionate lips
Of trust, friendship and flirting
Evolution’s opening face gambit
Lulls our base suspicions

Eyes join in orbicularis oculi
Direct a crow’s dance on her cheeks
Pointing to the source of light
Brown pools of passion to drown in
Draped in alabaster

La Giaconda that smile or was it?
In the heat of life we need to be clear
It depends how you look at her
A subtle ambiguity, a weak signal
Best viewed from the corner of the eye
Yes, there is something there
Perhaps a promise of a smile

Visiting the Mona LisaDoes she have much to smile about?
Gazed at by millions of punters
Airheading round the Louvre
Perhaps she saying ‘I would smile
If you all stopped looking at me’
Is that the enigma?

Alan Calder

[Pictures from Wikimedia Commons]

5 comments:

Lindsay Townsend said...

Alan's poem to round off Midsummer Poetry Week gives us all something to think about....

Thank you again, to all who have taken part and shared such beautiful work. Thank you to all have commented. I hope all who have read the poetry this week have enjoyed it.

LK Hunsaker said...

Interesting the way the poem mimics both the artistic and the technical sides of the Mona Lisa. :-)

Thanks for hosting poetry week, Lindsay!

Lindsay Townsend said...

Thank you for taking part, LK!

Savanna Kougar said...

Ahhh... the Mona Lisa, eternal woman of mystery... or is she simply with child... another human mystery at its essence.

Poetry Week has been wonderful!

Lindsay Townsend said...

Thanks, Savanna! Thank you so much for taking part!