Channeling Botticelli

 

Simonetta Cattaneo de Candia Vespucci  (1453 – 26 April 1476)

The face of the Italian Renaissance

.

La bella Simonetta

looking to the distant

not at me

at the London National Gallery.

.

Born in that stern Ligurian region

up above the seacoast

where mighty Neptune beats against the rocks

there like Venus, born among the waves.

.

A noble beauty wanted by all

Giuliano di Medici carried his banner

at la giostra adorned with her likeness;

Helmeted Pallas Athena “La Sans Pareille”.

.

Loved from afar by a poor Sandro

who painted her banner and her face

a portrait of a woman

at the workshop.

.

And there I stared as did all others

enchanted by her beauty,

around her neck the crest of Nero

her hair in curls draped over her perfection

.

imagining besotted Sandro’s brush

caressing a surface; painting one he loved

but could not have

wondering if he ever dreamed

.

I would see her face in London

in Berlin and I would

think of him, recalling perhaps

his anguish and his sorrow

.

for she would pass at twenty two

and he would live for many years

requesting only to be buried

where he now lays

at the feet of his Venus.

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About toritto

I was born during year four of the reign of Emperor Tiberius Claudius on the outskirts of the empire in Brooklyn. I married my high school sweetheart, the girl I took to the prom and we were together for forty years until her passing in 2004. We had four kids together and buried two together. I had a successful career in Corporate America (never got rich but made a living) and traveled the world. I am currently retired in the Tampa Bay metro area and live alone. One of my daughters is close by and one within a morning’s drive. They call their pops everyday. I try to write poetry (not very well), and about family. Occasionally I will try a historical piece relating to politics. :-)
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