Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash. Leonard Cohen

Monday, March 28, 2011


image from Magpie Tales 59

Does your mama know you're hangin' around, Lisa?
Does your daddy know that you've been downtown, Lisa?
You've been ridin' with the boys in fast cars
You've been knockin' back at all of the bars
Is that any way for a good girl to behave?

Well you're always wearin' a smile, Lisa
But are you cryin' all the while, Lisa?
Because the boys, they talk about you
And the things that they can make you do
If your grandma heard, it would send her to her grave.

What's behind that smile you wear
Mona  Lisa?
Does anybody really know ya'
Mona  Lisa?

I've watched you since you were a kid, Lisa
And I won't tell your daddy what you did, Lisa
But don't play me for a fool
While you're breakin' all your mama's rules
I know where you go when you sneak out at night.

What's behind that smile you wear
Mona  Lisa?
Does anybody really know ya'
Mona  Lisa? 

You're a legend in the halls, Lisa
Your number's written on the walls, Lisa
But I think you're more than just a smile
Can we talk for just a while?
And maybe I can get to know ya
Mona  Lisa.


Maggie said...

Wow. Wow. Wow.

Olivia said...

Oh wow!

This is absolutely mind blowing!! I am always amazed to read your Magpies.. :)

You sure way spin them very creatively!! If the two of you plan for coffee, do invite me- I have a few snap- shots (near perfect, self- clicked); may be Lisa could use a few to stand there while she takes a break!

Hugs xoxox

Kristen Haskell said...

Riding in cars with boys...Nice Magpie

Mary said...

Be sure to take a look at Poets United today to see YOUR blog featured!

Words A Day said...

That would make a brilliant song! Loved your take on this magpie!

Marcoantonio Arellano (Nene) said...

i think I've seen that smile before
but only when the moonlght hit the shore
and when the two of us had waken
to the morning sunlight's golden whispers
the ocean fingers had robbed us
of the clothes we wore.

Marilyn & Jeff said...

This is excellent, I thoroughly enjoyed it. So very well written.

Anonymous said...

This is just great....Mona Lisa as a fast living party girl (knockin' back at all of the bars)....heck of an image. Loved the flow and construct...excellent. Vb

Fireblossom said...

Oh, that's priceless. Her number on the walls! But the ending is neat. :-)

Helen said...

Do you have music to go with this? Love it!

DebbyMc said...

This is GREAT! Well done.

Tumblewords: said...

Love this! It's perfect...

earlybird said...

Love this.

indiwriter said...

loved this.. the humor and a kind of rap feel to it..
well written.

Shari said...

Your number's written on the wall? This is outrageously funny!

Lyn said...

Poor Lisa, trying to play a boy's game..will it ever change?..really like this clever poem!

Short Poems said...

Nicely done!

Lolamouse said...

nene: is that what the smile is all about? sounds like a beautiful memory.

Marcoantonio Arellano (Nene) said...

'Yessery Bob', or Lolamouse. Dan Brown (Da Vinci Code, Angels and Demons, The Lost Symbol, etc.)has nothing on me to the inside track of that Mona Lisa smile. I was just trying to inject my 'mansplain' with a 'magenda'to indirectly quote Mrs Kathleen Kirk.

Louise said...

Utterly brilliant, this is a prize winner for sure. Go girl go.

The Book of Shadows (The Dark Side) said...

Wow, interesting imaginary... Almost fit to describe her.. Yes, that smile, exactly what's hidden beneath that smile..

Tess Kincaid said...

This is fabulous. Love the rhythm. It's begging for some music!

Elaine said...

Love this post!

PhotoDiction said...

Very neat - and a most unusual take on the reasons for her smile.

Reflections said...

Fabulous post... love the unusual approach for describing art, going to a whole other level.

Cad said...

Well, from a mans point of view, I always like to put a smile on my Ada's face! LOL

Steve Isaak said...

Fun take on the Lisa. Good stuff.

Lucy Westenra said...

So like the lady with the mystic smile.

Isabel Doyle said...

a pleasure to read!

Dave King said...

I really enjoyed the humour and the thought that went into this one. Excellent.

Sue J said...

This should be put to music. Great Magpie!

Trellissimo said...

And he almost managed it, Cad (above) I mean.
You have here analysed her smile rather neatly. Thanks.

Lolamouse said...

Steve: I enjoy "playing" with icons!

Lucy: I enjoyed reading everyone's take on her smile! Thanks for visiting!

Isabel: Thanks so much! Glad you enjoyed!

Dave: I am most humbled. Your poems are always so well thought out and wonderful. Thank you so much!

Sue J: I did have a tune in my head! Trying to get my hubby to put it to music!

Trellissimo: One never knows what's behind a woman's smile. Never assume.