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Mona Lisa’s Smile

Probably woman maybe man, the look
of this person’s face, it still hooks.

Is it the thoughts kept deep inside;
was there really a secret to hide?

From everywhere people arrive in rows
to see the painting from up close.

This mysterious image of beauty
caught on canvas one ancient day
by a painter with a gift so great
we still don’t know what to say

La Joconde has become the icon
of the world we hide in our minds
the private jokes that linger on
the feelings we keep confined.

In these eyes and smile is still shown
a person with misty reflections
Would it have had the same attraction
if these thoughts had been known?
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Submitted by ludy_b on April 29, 2021

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Ludy Bührs

The topics she writes about are very diverse, so are the poetry styles she applies. As a Dutch translator and poet, having lived in Cambodia's capital city Phnom Penh for 2.5 years, in 2008 she published "Op de ruïnes van een rijk" (On the Ruins of an Empire) ISBN 978-90-8834-483-1 with 60 poems based on her experiences there. In 2007 she received a Certificate of Accomplishment as one of The Best Poems and Poets of 2007 issued by poetry.com and the International Library of Poetry for her poem Choked Truth, her own translation of "Verstikte waarheid", one of the poems in the book. Born in 1956, she still works as an independent translator, translating from English into Dutch. more…

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