Written on 3/1/16 in Italy

Leo da Vinci
How do you feel
The thousands of people flocking to see your art
How must you feel

Fairly arrogant I’d imagine
Of course you know your work is good
You’ve been told so many times

It must come as no surprise that I love it too
It would maybe shock you, if you knew,
That a peasant such as me, with such cheap taste, found someone’s work, as elegant and delightful as your own, appealing

Others eyes glaze over
“Yes. Leonardo da Vinci. His work, brilliant, you’re just like the rest.
Basic art lover
We understand.
No need to drag on the details of the way he contours the human face
No need to discuss the manner of which the red is brushed onto the cheeks
We understand.”

What can I say
A basic art show
Me and the adoration for Leo
Would he know?
Would he care?

Does he know he could appease any one?
Yet I wonder
Would he choose anyone at all?

The artist, the art, and me…oh

How I wish.
But the wishes of the observer are rarely granted.

But could the artist even pretend to care about the way I fawn over each painting as if it were mine to fawn over
Would the compliments quickly make an artist numb
Would he stop believing in his work
Or would he be even more boastful
And braggadocios

I guess I won’t know
Till I ask my dear friend, Leo


Private and Confidential

This letter is strictly confidential and for the eyes of the addressee only

Dear Mrs. Addams,

I’m writing to inform you of the results from your daughter’s last visit. I am terribly sorry to tell you she has come down with, as I expected, The Smile. As cases are so rare, proper treatment has not been developed, but I ask that you keep a watchful eye on her. The Smile has been known to have drastic symptoms.

The Smile can result in fits of uncontrollable laughter, and even a permanent state of happiness. We aren’t entirely sure of the cause, but it is extremely contagious. We do warn you, and the rest of your family, to be cautious and to look for early signs that may point to development of The Smile. These early signs can include; a slight warm feeling in your chest, a slight change in mood, usually from the customary gloomy state to a slightly more elevated state of, in medical terms, ‘joy’, but seeing as The Smile is so rare there could be many more symptoms, that doctors are unaware of, in existence.

This is as much information as I can provide, I’m terribly sorry. Your daughter must live with this condition for the rest of her life. We can only hope that it doesn’t interfere with her familiar way of living. The Smile, unfortunately, has been known to extend the length of ones life, but each case has shown to be different.

If you would like for your daughter to be a part of our ongoing research for a cure, please write back immediately, if not we ask that you refrain from exposing her to the public, as her condition will affect everyone around her.

We hope your day is dark and gloomy and we send you our condolences,

Dr. Doom and the rest of the staff from the Caliginous Clinic.