Gone are her mountain days
chasing the flock in the meadow.
New laws even for gypsies
took away her starry nights.
To the city she fled holding
her tambour hoping to be heard.
Some were nice clapping
to her tunes and gave her money.
Others laughed at her bare feet
uncombed hair and mismatched clothes.
Tourists knew her as Esmeralda
charcoal hair and marble eyes.
With bare feet she spun
to tunes spinning hearts away.
Bartolomeo a painter from Italy
saw her once in Cairo and asked her to pose.
He asked her about her village
but she just smiled and posed.
Today we see her in La Mignon
known as cute but not in Cairo.
La Mignon is “Il Magnona”
which means the crazy lass.
It’s funny how art changes
stories with brushes and tongues.
About a painting called "La Mignon", in translation "Cute". It belongs to the Italian painter, Bartolomeo Giuliano (1825-1909).
Like all foreigners who don't speak the dialect, it is possible for him to have heard the word "Magnon" as Mignon which is the male form for the word crazy which also explains the name La Mignon with La to indicate female ... the possibilities are endless.