Mona Lisa and You…..Stage/Lot #9 and 10

what if you were to stand there
12 hours
seated at the blank canvas
grips and caterers walking past
the outdoor elements
big cats strolling around
simple silence
perhaps the scratching of a pen
or the wet slips of brush tingling in the water
returning to the page
the shutter of a photographer wondering about

don’t move my love i am not finished

don’t stand soldier strong

don’t smile

don’t think of the pedestal


turn your head slightly
cough – the rib line is not xylophon’d

what if the sitter – the muse
the Mona Lisa
stood up and took a bathroom break
forgot which room and stood in another portrait
o wait – she did
and she smiled returning
sitting down – Da Vinci was confused
became bored started a self-portrait
finished with her
while the man next door
mopped his head
knowing his masterpieces would
never be world-renowned

and you sat back down
curious why he was mopping his brow
but he waved his hand
told you the day was finished


naturally you took your pay
returned to the trailer
forgot about the set
the photographer the grips and the caterers
you plunged down on the sofa
and wondered about tomorrow
while young men carried new scenery to the stage
and your eyes fell to


About Crazy Irishman

Touted as a working man's poet, Martin Durkin has been writing professionally for the last 12 years. He has appeared in over twenty anthologies across North America, including, "And left a place to stand on", a collection of poems and essays about the late great Al Purdy. Durkin has also published two collections of poetry, "Hypnotic Childhood", and "The Sound of Quish". Over the past 4 years, Durkin has been on hiatus for the most part but has recently come back to the poetry scene creating a poetry site called, where in the past year he has written over 100 poems and created a cross over page on where he gives a story behind each of the pieces written. View all posts by Crazy Irishman

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