Picture taken by my friend Cyndi Leos....thank you Cyndi.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Magpie #59: A Woman True To Herself...

Mona Lisa

Photography motivation by Tess Kincaid
Challenge by Magpie Tales

of her name
her beauty exudes
her smile sweet, yet,
with curious mystique
her fame is famous
a natural woman
true to herself
her eyes
to her soul
baring only the truth 
beckoning to differ
while she poses knowing
her will is strong, her way
is her own, comfortable in her own

Dame Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor
modern day
Mona Lisa
once said,
"I adore wearing gems,
but not because they are mine.
You can't possess radiance,
you can only admire it."

She wore radiance well.

A lady with
bawdy humor,
known as the most
beautiful woman
in the world
unafraid of growing old
and losing her youth.

 She sold her 69.42 carat Taylor-Burton diamond
for five million dollars to build a hospital
in Botswana

Following her passions,
she shamelessly took another woman's man
but claimed to only sleep with men she married.

You wanted her as a friend
never an enemy...
her loyalty
steadfast, dependable,
and real.

 Born in pain with Scoliosis;
at 12 years old, she fell while
 doing her own riding in National Velvet
breaking her back, yet forced herself
to complete the film...
and at 25, fell again on her tail bone
when her boat lurched forward.
Surgeons removed 3 of her lower discs
in her back, replacing with bone from her
pelvis, hip and a bone bank.
She lived a life in daily pain.

Her presence
was strong,
and truthful.

It is rumored
her jewelry collection
worth $600 million dollars
will be auctioned off
with the proceeds
going to amfAR
to find a cure for AIDS.

She was an icon
yet she was ever so human.
A glamours survivor.
The definition of celebrity
A devoted Mother,
Grand mother,
and great Grand mother;
requesting to be
15 minutes late
to her own funeral.
She was laid to rest
covered with lilacs,
magnolias and lilies of the valley,
beneath a marble
Michelangelo Angel.



Thisisme. said...

The Mona Lisa does look comfortable in her own skin. I enjoyed that poem Donna. I really admired Dame Elizabeth Taylor, and I'm glad you did this post for her. She was a real gutsy lady, who certainly lived life to the full, in spite of all her many illnesses.

Cad said...

No contest as to whom was the most beautiful...

DJan said...

Sigh. Liz was a real gem herself, wasn't she? Lovely poem, lovely memorial to her. Thank you for this, Donna.

versebender said...

Well..that was quite a remarkable write. Then add the linkage to Elizabeth Taylor and you have quite an interesting juxtaposition. Great job. BTW...really like "Star Gazer"...puts me in mind of a night I spent in the grand are multi-talented. Vb

Helen said...

A lovely Magpie and a lovely tribute. I understand she was buried with a letter Richard Burton sent to her shortly before his death over thirty years ago.

That corgi :) said...

you did a wonderful tribute for Elizabeth Taylor. We sometimes "forget" how much she did, sometimes the media focuses on the marriages and forget her contributions to so many worthy organizaions.

beautiful how you displayed this too Donna!


Kathe W. said...

great tribute to two women--one enigmatic and the other who sometimes was maybe more open than should have been- your tribute to her reminds us of how much she did give to worthy causes.

Tumblewords: said...

A wonderful post with the juxtaposition of two remarkable women.

Steve Isaak said...

Good piece.

Isabel Doyle said...

lovely tributes to both enigmas