Germany #687: Mona Lisa
(issued April 15, 1952)

Paolo waving at film's ending
Federico Fellini's La Dolce Vita (1960)

France #B34: Smile of Reims
(issued March 16, 1930)

The Sweet Smile

She looks four-year-old on her Dad's
shoulders with a sweet smile & hearty
"Good morning!" Lucky girl, you'll be
blessed all your life with men at your feet.

Recall my time at the Louvre,
alone with the Mona Lisa.
Suddenly, an epiphany—
Hammarsjöld understood her smile

and so did I— seeing Buddha
holding up a flower in silence—
only Mahakasyapa smiled, and
given Transmission of the Lamp.

One of my favorite postage stamps—
France #B34: "The Smile of Reims"
issued 1930, red violet in color
spanning the rainbow blessing us.

Smiles from Audrey Hepburn
in Roman Holiday embrace us,
but my favorite is from Paola
at the end of La Dolce Vita.

This 1960 Fellini classic
where gossip writer Marcello
wanders around seeking pleasure
instead of focusing on his book.

He meets an angelic girl who
types his writings, but at the end,
he's drunk at an all-night party,
everyone in erotic decadence.

Paolo tries to get his attention
on the other shore at dawn, but he
doesn't hear her— so ends the film
La Dolce Vita: "The Sweet Life".

    — Peter Y. Chou
        Mountain View, 3-3-2021

Girl on Dad's shoulders

Buddha's Flower Sermon
Mahakasyapa smiled

Angel of Reims (1245)
Destroyed in WWI (1914)
Restored 2-13-1926

Audrey Hepburn
Roman Holiday (1953)

"Angelic" Paola
La Dolce Vita (1960)

Federico Fellini's
La Dolce Vita (1960)