Mona Lisa and Me

This just occurred to me:

Other than the hair, accessories, and adam’s apple, my profile picture is a dead ringer for the Mona Lisa.
The angle, the chin and jaw shape, the nose, the smile, the cheekbones.
So here goes, an off the cuff poem (I use that term loosely in this context) to describe my mood upon discovery:
Mona Lisa and Me
by Ed DeCaria
Could it be, could it be?
Mona Lisa — and me!
Distanced by 500 years and a sea,
One in the Louvre and one roaming free,
A match made in Heaven:
Don’t you agree?
© Ed DeCaria, all rights reserved.
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  • Eric VanRaepenbusch

    Hilarious! I most certainly agree!

  • Ed DeCaria

    Thanks for the comment, Eric.

    I just thought that this was so funny. Obviously, this is a brand new blog (and one I hope that you will come back to!), and I was messing with the profile picture when it just occurred to me that the Mona Lisa had the same vantage point as my picture, so I grabbed one from Google images and put them side by side and was just floored. I went to post it and the poem just came out in <10 minutes, and that’s when I decided to take the time to actually merge the images together, which just made it even funnier.

  • Amy

    Stopped by the comment challenge, and had a laugh over this and your moldy shower poem. Also, I’m totally stealing your line – “I’m not talking to myself. I’m practicing listening.”

    • Ed DeCaria

      Thanks Amy. Glad you enjoyed the poems. That’s why I write ‘em! I have many, many more where those came from (both in my brain and in my Scrivener project file). Stop by again some time! -Ed

  • Madigan

    It’s the mysterious smile that does it! For sure.

    Congrats on your new blog.

    Have you checked out Poetry Friday, yet? Seems like it would be right up your alley:

    • Ed DeCaria

      Thanks @madiganreads! (I’m a follower.)

      I am aware of Poetry Friday and now that I have my own place from which to post, everyone can count on my regular participation.

      Thanks for commenting. It is very rewarding to actually have so many visitors (non-family division) already.

      To many more …


  • Ruth

    Ha! This is great! And I love the photo. Your shirt looks great on her!

    • Ed DeCaria

      Thanks, Ruth! I’ll never see that shirt the same way again. It will henchforth be known as “my Mona Lisa shirt”. -Ed

  • Carol A. Bender

    Lol – comment challenge hello and thanks for the laugh.

    • Ed DeCaria

      You are very welcome. Come back soon! -Ed

  • Lynn Alpert

    This is hilarious! I wonder if you’re related? Found your blog through the comment challenge – thanks for the chuckle!

    • Ed DeCaria

      I am half Italian …

      I checked out your site as well. I really love your illustrations. Wanna draw me a ‘Think Kid, Think’ logo?

      I am half Serious …

  • Russ Cox

    That gave me a chuckle this morning.

    • Ed DeCaria

      So many “chuckles” out of this post.

      What a funny word: “chuckles”

      Just look at it. That is an odd word. Sounds like the name of a ventriloquist dummy.


  • inluvwithwords

    So creative. I like your style. I was always after fun poems like this when I homeschooled my daughters.

    • Ed DeCaria

      I like your style, too. The style of a person that reads my blog and comments on two posts in a single visit. That is a very admirable style. Please come back soon … and bring a friend!

  • Ed DeCaria

    (Sorry about my playful pleas for site traffic, everyone. Just know that the faster I can build my “platform”, the sooner I can reasonably expect to sell a book, and the sooner I can sell a book, the sooner I can make the case that I should be doing this full time, which of course I should be. Thank you for your support!)

  • Renee LaTulippe

    You should be doing this full time, indeed. Your humor is really refreshing, not to mention…well, humorous. I’m with you on the playful pleas for site traffic – looks like we’re in the same boat. I am sending you an email about this boat and how we might paddle together now and then.

    As for Mona Lisa…dead ringer. You should consider parting your hair in the middle.

  • Ed Szypulski

    Since you’re only half Itallian there’s no way you can be
    related to Mona Lisa but that’s a secret between you and me.
    But since I know you’re half Polish and this I know is true
    you are related to me and that’s why I love you.
    Happy Valentines! Uncle Ed and Aunt Trish

    • Ed DeCaria

      Sorry for the slow response — Thanks for visiting!

      I love when people post poems in the comments. In fact, I’m tempted to make that a mandatory condition for commenting on this site. (Except my comments. I can do whatever the hell I want.)

  • Mom D

    In response to Renee LaTulippe’s comment on Mona Lisa and Me, “You should consider parting your hair in the middle”, which immediately brought back memories of Ed… parting his hair in the middle–reminiscent of a 1938 Alfafa (Spanking and Our Gang). Great job Ed!!! I LOVE this site!!!!

    • Ed DeCaria

      Are you sure it was ME parting my hair in the middle, or was it YOU parting my hair in the middle?

      I do find it funny how some people — mostly men it seems — have the same haircut from childhood to old age. Some of this is surely due to natural cowlick (ooh <– good word for Madness! 2012 challenge), but I also sometimes wonder if people just never quite work up the courage or interest in changing their hairstyle to suit their own personality. They just roll with it. Deoderant, too. I suspect that at least 1/3 of all people have never strayed from the deoderant that their parents used or otherwise bought for them when growing up. Ask someone why they use the deoderant they use — I bet the answer is more often than not “I don’t know; I’ve just always used this kind.”

  • Tiffany Strelitz

    Wait. I can’t even handle how funny that is!! Although now, *everytime* I see your profile picture, you become…Edwina DeCaria? Hope that’s ok!!

  • Heidi Mordhorst

    “It will henchforth be known as “my Mona Lisa shirt”. -Ed”

    Next year I want “henchforth” for my word. What seed would that be?

    • Ed DeCaria

      Are you making fun of my typos??? :) I think “henchforth” as written would have to be a 21-seed.

  • Heidi Mordhorst

    Not making fun, oh no. Harvesting, more like.

  • Neal Levin

    It is true, it is true,
    Mona Lisa — and you!
    Time and the sea may be distant and yet,
    One in a painting and one on the Net,
    A match in Nirvana:
    A near silhouette.

  • Janet F.

    I so missed this comment thread last year!! Love Neal’s poetic explanation, Ed. You are really flying now. Congratulations on the success of MMPoetry.

    I heard about Scrivener last year. Would need a major tutorial though, but I know it is good and useful for writers to keep track of things.

    In your spare time why not offer some online “course” I, for one, would pay on how to do some basic computer things for a novice like me ie how to set up a blog with all these neat things you do and also something like Scrivener. For instance, we pay you for to see your video lessons and then we can view X number of times and maybe get to ask you a few questions. So might not have to take a huge amount of your time. With your humor, it would be a win win!!! Not sure you will have time, but maybe you could figure out a way. Eventually.

    Are you going to make it to San Antonio?

  • Mother Streusel

    Yes. :) A friend did a mashup of Matthew Broderick and me. Interesting.