Monday, March 28, 2011

The Surface



I’ve spent too much time thumbing
The over-priced coffee table book
I’m every woman
as are you
I hold mine inside me
The same dark secrets you did
Only your mind is quiet
Immortalized by speculation

I didn’t put on the moisturizer today
And my lipstick it’s not a great color
Like you, I smiled my half smile
A snapshot in time
Revealing not more than we choose
Leaving it up to the curious
They wonder and ask,
“How are you, really?”
And we reply,
“Fine, I am just fine.”

33 comments:

Marilyn said...

I really enjoyed this.
Yes, how many of us put on a 'half smile', our mask, and say I am just fine.

Words A Day said...

Your magpie holds a lot of truth and I really liked this line - revealing not more than we choose to - along with the sadness, it gave the sitter a quite kind of power. And poignant (and powerful)last line ...fine, I am just fine.

Kristen Haskell said...

It is hard to be down for extended periods of time. I find that I can force a mood, just like forcing a bulb in the winter, by simply telling myself, I am fine.

I look at Mona Lisa and I get the feeling she did that too.

sukipoet said...

melancholy feeling to this. So true, so true.

anthonynorth said...

You've used the prompt to tell the lot of so many. Excellent.

thingy said...

Yes, the curious... and concerned.

I could never force 'fine.'

We can only wonder about the lady, Lisa.

Tumblewords: said...

Truly wonderful! I think we all do that a lot more than we might want to...

DebbyMc said...

Oh, this is so good. And how accurate it is in describing what we do, how we put on our public face. Very nice!

Kathe W. said...

excellent- we all do put on our happy face don't we!

versebender said...

Mona Lisa as "every woman"...great, insightful take...and very well executed. Vb

Helen said...

Way too often we mouth those words, smile that smile ... meaningless but with no malice intended.

Tess Kincaid said...

This is so great. I can really relate to this, especially "revealing not more than we choose". And that wrong shade of lipstick day.

Donna B said...

I prefer to think she held secrets or a mischievous thought...I want to see the strength in women...

Brigid said...

So true, Kirsten.
The 'I'm fine' line is well used by me, great take on the prompt.
Why do people always photograph us on bad lipstick days?

Myrna R. said...

This is so good and so true. Great poem Kristen.

Hope you're doing well.

Margaret said...

I REALLY enjoyed the whole poem, but the second verse just hits it out of the ballpark. What a great introspective take on this prompt. Well done!

cosmos cami said...

This was really good. So full of pertinent feeling for me.
I also liked the line about 'revealing not more than we choose.'

We all wear masks just to hide sometimes. Very true.

Lyn said...

My answer, all the time..Fine, just fine! Great insight..

Lolamouse said...

I love it-Mona Lisa as "everywoman." Great take.

Andreas said...

Oh, all that a smile hides!
Nice write. Insightful.

120 Socks said...

Yes liked it very much, and truth within it.

Friko said...

I am everywoman....fine, just fine.

You are right, we all are.

Cad said...

So it's all a cover up? LOL

Shari Sunday said...

So true, Kristen. We hide behind a smile and often not that convincing.

Doctor FTSE said...

This is very true to the way folk are. "How are you?" wants no answer other than yours. A perceptive poem.

Steve Isaak said...

Love this! One of my favorite Lisa posts thus far!

Carrie Burtt said...

Kristen i love how you brought her to life in the heart of every woman....this is awesome! :-)

signed...bkm said...

O very nice...revealing not more than we choose...how truthful is that...nice write on Mona's smile...bkm

Lucy Westenra said...

Very thoughtful and true. We say we're "fine" because we know they don't really want to know.

Isabel Doyle said...

well thought out piece thank you

Lydia said...

Oh, yes, Kristen. This is wonderful, even if feeling that way is not.

Trellissimo said...

We do say "fine' when we're not. The poem is, though. Fine I mean. Thanks.

Bee's Blog said...

An air of sadness about this lovely piece - my daughter calls it the plastic smile.