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This is my response to Magpie Tales prompt # 59…the obscure image above.


Enigmatic Mona, she drove me raving mad

Did I ever make her happy or did I make her sad?

Languid, lovely Lisa was it by fluke or guile

That oh so much was hidden beneath that cryptic smile?


Was it good… or was she faking?  Guess, I’ll never know

That snarky little smirk, you see, was all she’d ever show

She kept me off my balance with that furtive sideways glance

She played me like a string guitar.  I never stood a chance


  1. March 28, 2011 at 5:36 PM

    This is excellent, I really enjoyed it.

  2. DebbyMcC
    March 28, 2011 at 9:32 PM

    Haha! I like this. “I never stood a chance”…as I said in my take, she still holds the upper hand! =-) Very nice.

  3. March 28, 2011 at 10:08 PM

    I love this… especially Enigmatic Mona, Languid, lovely Lisa, snarky little smirk… and especially the last line.

  4. March 28, 2011 at 10:31 PM

    sounds like YOU were a notch on HER belt!

  5. Helen
    March 28, 2011 at 10:37 PM

    Every time I see one of those sly smiles now, I’m going to consider someone is faking it!!!!

  6. March 29, 2011 at 12:39 AM

    Snarky stands out – turns her sweetness all about. I love this!

  7. March 29, 2011 at 3:31 AM

    Fabulous! Absolutely fabulous! Great job!!

  8. earlybird
    March 29, 2011 at 3:35 AM

    Brilliant! I’m laughing

  9. March 29, 2011 at 3:40 AM

    An excellent take. And it read so well, too.

  10. March 29, 2011 at 9:37 AM

    great rhymes, love the line, she played me like a string guitar!

  11. March 29, 2011 at 10:53 AM

    your verse certainly brought a smile to my face 🙂

  12. March 29, 2011 at 11:00 AM

    very fun! Made me laugh!

  13. Lyn
    March 29, 2011 at 11:13 AM

    So Mona knew how to fake it..I’ll have what she’s having!!

  14. March 29, 2011 at 12:39 PM

    Oh that is great! It kind of fits theme wise with mine. However, both are very different poems. I love that line, “she played me like a string guitar.”

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  16. March 29, 2011 at 3:24 PM

    Great verse, versebender.

    Isn’t it amazing, that her crooked, slightly sour smile is the thing that most people mention about this picture.

  17. March 29, 2011 at 4:41 PM

    Miss Mona as femme fatale, now that
    is a wicked twist, indeed. As a mere
    man, with more than six decades under
    his butt, I am still struggling to solve
    the delicious mystery of women. We
    are given hints, we read a lot, we
    learn to listen properly, we put the
    toilet seat down and pee like bitches,
    and what is our reward–that smile.

  18. March 29, 2011 at 4:42 PM

    Brilliant, hilarious! Us women can be very confusing and I guess Mona was no exception!

  19. March 29, 2011 at 5:13 PM

    Excellent write, great rhymes!

  20. March 29, 2011 at 6:51 PM

    She played me like a string guitar

    Your Magpie was music to my ears! LOL

  21. March 29, 2011 at 8:53 PM

    Excellent prose, very nice mag!!

  22. ds
    March 30, 2011 at 12:19 AM

    Great twist! The norm is to take her soo seriously (guilty). This was fun. Thank you.

  23. March 30, 2011 at 8:17 AM

    Ha Ha It’s true. I hate it when you can never tell what they are thinking.

  24. Elaine
    March 30, 2011 at 10:13 AM

    Fun +++ A great post!

  25. March 30, 2011 at 1:22 PM

    i like this. it’s elegant and witty.

  26. March 30, 2011 at 5:10 PM

    Good piece, enjoyable.

  27. March 30, 2011 at 9:12 PM

    Fantastic poetry versebender.
    Ah the Mona Lisa, about six months ago i did one called ‘Moaner Lisa’. lol
    Yours is great

  28. March 31, 2011 at 9:35 AM

    Simple, descriptive and wonderful rhythm. Loved it!

  29. March 31, 2011 at 3:53 PM

    oh the mystery of that smile….no man had a chance….love this! 🙂

  30. April 1, 2011 at 12:00 AM

    I enjoyed this one too.

  31. Lucy Westenra
    April 1, 2011 at 5:09 AM

    Most enjoyable and well done.

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  33. April 2, 2011 at 6:44 PM

    Oh what fun! Wonderful!

  34. April 3, 2011 at 4:13 AM

    terrific! you have a fantastic sense of humour 🙂

  35. April 12, 2011 at 3:25 PM

    Reading backwards only gets better and better…

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