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[Poetry Friday] Woman of Mystery in Angelina Weld Grimke’s “A Mona Lisa”

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Fats here.

In celebration of our theme — Fearless Females, Courageous Women — I’m sharing an excerpt from a poem written by Angelina Weld Grimke. This poem, entitled A Mona Lisa, is part of Modernist Women Poets: An Anthology.

Many thanks to Irene Latham of Live Your Poem for hosting the Poetry Friday round-up!


Modernist Women Poets

Editors: Robert Hass and Paul Ebenkamp
Publisher: Counterpoint Press (2014)
ISBN: 978-1-61902-110-5



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A Mona Lisa

I should like to creep
Through the long brown grasses
That are your lashes;
I should like to poise
On the very brink
Of the leaf-brown pools
That are your shadowed eyes;
I should like to cleave
Without sound,
Their glimmering waters,
Their unrippled waters,
I should like to sink down
And down
And down . . . .
And deeply drown.


May your weekend be full of surprises!

Fats is the Assistant Manager for Circulation Services at the Wayne County Public Library in Wooster, Ohio. She considers herself a reader of all sorts, although she needs to read more non-fiction books. She likes a good mystery but is not fond of thrillers. She takes book hoarding seriously and enjoys collecting bookmarks and tote bags.

2 comments on “[Poetry Friday] Woman of Mystery in Angelina Weld Grimke’s “A Mona Lisa”

  1. Powerful piece-thanks for showcasing this poem.


  2. maryleehahn

    Thanks for spotlighting this important poet!


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