smiles like the mona


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Poet, photographer, and artist Donald Burlock Jr. delivers in a dual-book scheme highlighting a recent collection of reflective poems and well-chosen photographs. While "smiles like the mona" will embrace our appreciation of the precious moments in life, "stripe me like the American flag" will evoke challenging portraits of the world we know.


I> smiles like the mona

subtle as that first change of weather/
from summer into fall/
auto windows cloudy with cool hazy fog/

watch her sneak it to me/

as if her brilliance is a secret/
and those ruby lips opt to keep it/

she smiles like the Mona/
her dimples dipping from ear to ear/
she smirks as the Lisa/
sultry siren hold your portrait near/
show me all those memories/
that only your arching irises can mirror/

you are oil on canvas/

your fa├žade changes my persona/
its these moments in life/
that make me smile like the Mona/