Mona Lisa Smile

You brighten the night with your Mona Lisa smile

dawdling through the heavens from east to west

In an ocean of twinkling darkness you appear as an isle

A brilliant reflection of light massaged and caressed.

Your image repeated on dark lakes and ponds

Late night loons giggle at your wavy image

Wolves howling mournfully both near and beyond

from lakeside shores and distant high ridge

Draped in white light the forest’s mood serene

Perhaps the quiet side of rapture revealed

The purpose of which can hardly be foreseen

The mystery of night always and forever concealed

Basking in your glory it is ours to understand

the size of the universe, the vastness of it all

the distance of nothing, the emptiness spanned

ancient memories lost without any trace or recall

Gracefully without warning you slip into dawn

your memory left behind but beautiful hopes remain

Your end is without fanfare; as mute as a swan

For another lap of the earth we await your refrain

Goodbye, Mona Lisa with your quiet smile

So long to sweet dreams blinded by inky night

Adios brilliant moon we’ll see you in a while

Sayonara eventide illunination until the next lunar light

Written for in April of 2015

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