Why Mona Lisa Smiled

You are mine.

You are right.

But it doesn’t feel like it.

Because you only have possession, not control.

Do you not want me?

I do. But not as much as I should. Not as much as I could. Not yet.

Does that matter?

You can own my body, my mind and even my emotions.
But until my will is you, you will never truly own me.

I don’t wish to force you or bend you to my will.

Well-spoken, dear one. You are as wise as I have hoped.

And yet, I don’t have you.

This is true as well.
Possession without control is but a cage.
And cages can be broken.

So can control. What I want is mastery.

They are not different.

Yes, they are, my sweet. You aspire to give me surrender, oh yes, you do. And it might a sweet reward, especially to one starved for so long. But what I want is mastery. An abdication of the hunger for any more such delights.

You lie. Or perhaps not.
If you lie, this beginning is over. Rather, you misphrase.
You desire surrender as much as I do. But what we both need is release.

And you think the answer lies in postponement?

Well, indulgence hasn’t worked, has it?

You’ve had others, then?

So I have. Did you think I would come to you unpracticed?

I suppose not. Even the beginning wouldn’t have happened, then.

Right, I don’t believe in spontaneous miracles.

And I am skeptical about love at first sight.

Cynical, chere! Give the mortals their flash miracles, it keeps them occupied. You and I have forever and beyond to negotiate.

It’s just an illusion.

So am I. And you. A figment of the other’s imagination.

That’s not logical. You can’t be illogical in this game.

But I’m not. When we cease to be our illusions, we cease to be. And what if we swap illusions, every now and then?

And what if we just ended this here?

If we do, we’ll just be two people who killed the conversation and had great sex.
But if we don’t, we continue to be you and me,
mutual enigmas, perpetual unquenched desire, the eternal emptiness.

Touche, my love and adieu.

I thought you didn’t believe in love.

Not at first sight. Nor first conversation. But this is the end of our beginning. The first of whatever comes next.

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13 thoughts on “Why Mona Lisa Smiled

  1. 'nonnymous May 5, 2008 at 10:48 Reply


    ‘nonnymous’s last blog post..Living after Life


  2. Ashish May 5, 2008 at 19:14 Reply

    Every new beginning is some beginning’s end 😦 ! I hate to move on! 😡


  3. Cynic in Wonderland May 6, 2008 at 04:57 Reply

    cynical there…hmmm..here too.

    Cynic in Wonderland’s last blog post..Waiting for Godot


  4. IdeaSmith May 6, 2008 at 12:37 Reply

    @ ‘nonnymous, Ashish, Cynic: :mrgreen:


  5. passer by May 6, 2008 at 15:52 Reply

    awesome…… 🙂


  6. IdeaSmith May 7, 2008 at 08:16 Reply

    @ passer by: 😉


  7. A May 17, 2008 at 09:39 Reply

    …I was just reminded of the dialogue in an otherwise ordinary movie Practical Magic:
    “Do you ever put your arms out and just spin and spin and spin? Well, that’s what love is like. Everything inside of you tells you to stop before you fall, but you just keep going…”


    As last blog post..Seven WEIRDiest Things About…Me.


  8. A May 22, 2008 at 12:04 Reply

    Cool, reminds me of: “Do you ever put your arms out and just spin and spin and spin? Well, that’s what love is like. Everything inside of you tells you to stop before you fall, but you just keep going.”
    — From the otherwise ordinary movie Practical Magic

    I think few things look better in words…


    As last blog post..Seven WEIRDiest Things About…Me.


  9. IdeaSmith May 26, 2008 at 13:41 Reply

    @ A: I am really liking the responses this post has brought in. Sorry for the delayed reply, for some reason this comment went into Spam.


  10. Ms Taggart August 3, 2008 at 10:56 Reply

    Awesome imagination, I must say!
    I always had this thought that Monalisa smiled because she happened to realize how foolish ‘man’kind is….

    Ms Taggarts last blog post..Rock On!


  11. IdeaSmith August 7, 2008 at 10:22 Reply

    @ Ms Taggart: Perhaps she did. But I just thought it would be nice if it were something else altogether.


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  13. IdeaSmith March 26, 2009 at 11:46 Reply

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