Alexandre Nodopaka

Freshman - 993 Points (1940 / Russia)

Girl With A Pearl Earring By Johanes Vermeer - Poem by Alexandre Nodopaka

It was the glint in her eyes that first
attracted my attention. The maid was
doing my floor and I thought such eyes
couldn't belong to such being
unless she was supplementing

her income by attracting sleazy
customers. Emboldened,
I kept staring at her and to my surprise
she stared back with a steady gaze.
She opened her lips just ever so slightly

as if she was going to say something.
I waited in vain for over three and a half
centuries for her to descend from
the painting in the manner of Duchamp.
She was underage then and I didn't dare

make a move on her on account of my
own advanced chronological life phase.
My overripe wisdom would've been
an outright giveaway and I would've
been branded a rotten dirty old man.

Well, I thought and thought the matter
over and over and remember telling Jo,
pronounced Yo for you foreigners, to put
a glint on the pearl in such way as to
make it the focus of the portrait.

Yo balked at the suggestion but agreed
and complemented it with a barely
noticeable off-white collar on the tronie.
He capped her with an oriental royal blue
turban. Added a touch of wet to her lower

lip and I tell you this was no silicone job
nor costume jewelry.
Of course we didn't realize at the time how
famous that painting would become.
And voila, the rest is history!

Topic(s) of this poem: poem, pome

Form: Prose Poem

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, November 12, 2015

Poem Edited: Sunday, December 20, 2015

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