Mandira Mitra


Rome. Painting The Sistine Chapel. - Poem by Mandira Mitra

The flowers of May are in full bloom
But they do not attend my fresco.
And only yesterday, touching up Noah,
I felt the wind change directions
And start blowing northwest; this blasted city
Not even seven hills blocking the salt sea air,
Making me nostalgic for the pure air of the Arezzo hills.
David sealed my fate, says Urbino:
It’s been my twenty-eighth day up at the scaffolding
With men, women and children jeering at this madman
In clothes matted with plaster and colour running down beard.
I cannot bear too much light, nor saw the walking stick
Land on my shoulders, “Son of Ludovico! When will you finish? ”
As Julius II, livid with anger hissed, “Inauguration on All Saints’ Day! ”
At 69 ft for four years my vertigo is cured now.
Painting is a lonely journey.
“When I shall finish, ” I had answered the vacillating Pope,
Neither Genesis, unraveled for Man; nor promises
Of eternal glory make me work furiously.
But that cruel Vittoria, at mass on a certain day
With the Count D_ by her side at the pew
Shall look up at my nine panels of perspiration
And sin in her thoughts with me, in full Apocalyptic view.


Comments about Rome. Painting The Sistine Chapel. by Mandira Mitra

  • (5/28/2006 1:41:00 AM)


    A fine poem. It's the detachment and the rich frame that does it. Solipsism and uterine angst make thin gruel by comparison. (Report) Reply

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  • (5/17/2006 3:34:00 PM)


    i don't know the relevancy of the question by the other Poet! , but ur poem is definately good, . (Report) Reply

  • (5/7/2006 6:31:00 AM)


    Probably historically correct. However, interpretations vary, and gr8 art is androgynous. Michaelangelo did have a lady friend called Vittoria. Thanks 4 a ten. (Report) Reply

  • (5/7/2006 4:04:00 AM)


    Michaelangelo was gay wasn't he Mandira. Mind you from the look of David, I would have turned every which way for him! rofl Excellent interpretation of the great man at work.10 from still reeling from your imagery, Tai (Report) Reply

  • john tiong chunghoo (5/7/2006 3:34:00 AM)


    beautiful haiku:

    touching up Noah
    I felt the wind
    change directions
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Poem Submitted: Sunday, May 7, 2006

Poem Edited: Sunday, May 7, 2006


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