Young Woman with Halo

Young Woman with Halo

A Poem by Gerald Parker


Six hundred years ago, this was
Mary Magdalene in designer dress,
wife-to-be of a Florentine noble,
the painting, a family commission.

To palazzo guests she'd be as devout 
and chaste as the one made saint,
reading a hand-written prayer book -
which none of the Marys ever had.

This outrage didn't matter then,
of course, to medieval minds
accepting what true religions
fudge as the centuries come and go.

And does it matter now, do we care,
that this painting still gets away with it,
and spawns postcards and fridge-magnets
for barbarian hordes trundling past?

Whatever ... like an unquestioning
fool, I've got myself one of each.


Piero di Cosimo 1462-1522   Saint Mary Magdalene

© 2019 Gerald Parker

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Added on September 9, 2019
Last Updated on September 15, 2019


Gerald Parker
Gerald Parker

London, United Kingdom

There's not much to tell. I read a lot of poetry and I read my own poetry regularly. I hope other people read it and derive as much pleasure out of it as I do. My output is small, about 110 poems as I.. more..