in a diffident corset,
she sat for one
now stands for the mega-art-millioned.
More than a portrait,
Leonardo slipped a perverse lens,
a re-fractious looking glass,
into the centre of impossible scales.
Gioconda, coy grin on one still pan,
balancing a world agawk
swinging wildly on the other.
Leonardo: master optician, engineer,
© Lorenzo — Alchemist's Pillow
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|Mona Lisa crowd — photo by Jack Holmes|