Lay for the Day 12th
the Mona Lisa, missing for more than two years, is retrieved in
Florence. The thief, Vincenzo Perugia, had tried to sell it to the Uffizi
Gallery. The worlds most famous painting was stolen from the Louvre
on 21st August 1911.
day of its recovery was the twelfth day of the twelfth month of the twelfth
year of the 20th century which reckoned its first year to have
been 01, not 00 like the 21st.)
the absence of Leonardos masterpiece, the blank space on the wall
where it had hung still drew many visitors.
the Louvre (part 3)
In her bank-note green
With the smile
Of a fish thats swallowed
We shoal before her to wonder
To which proposal
She is the that is that.
Little Lisa Giaconda
Whose angles adjust to dusk,
Affiched with hashish taches,
Lady of and not
Of the house unseen,
The illuminated plain,
Venus of betweenness,
It seems the appearance of
Has taken us in, though aimed at none.
Your nibble tugs the heartline
At the vanishing point.
Look west, young woman,
From your eastern window,
Look kindly into the room
You have made our home.
with hashish taches is a reference to Marcel Duchamps
“readymade” artwork L.H.O.O.Q. – a print of
the Mona Lisa with a moustache and beard drawn on. The letters of the
title, when spoken in French, sound like Elle a chaud au queue
Shes got a hot tail. I don’t know if Duchamp smoked
hashish. It would have been remiss of him not to.
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