POEM: “Mona Lisa Survives”

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Mona Lisa Survives”

lovely lady, beneath your midnight veil,
no one suspects the trials you have endured

doused in acid, stoned by man, you withstood
the brandished blade without a single scratch

though those attacks prompted the glass that parts
you from us now. still, ugly souls assault

you as  you sit with folded hands, silent:
they mock your shield bloodied by bright red paint,

they throw cups empty of tea you’ll not drink,
they try to break you, smear cake on your face

like a bride on her white wedding day. You’ve 
survived five centuries of gilded fame.

You’ve earned your coquet smile.  Your almond eyes
hide the artist’s sign, search the milling crowds.

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