The Fieldstone Review

Mona Lisa 1998

(for Jennifer Sloan)

Beneath soft hair and the smooth curve
of temple, the devious brain ticks, a grid
of steel enmeshing thought. Behind
serene eyes, a rusted coil pulsing
with the sad echo of motion. Behind
the fine curved nose, a mouse trap
waiting to spring. And the smile, ah,
beneath that smile — glittering teeth
pronouncing your name.