Lovely; every space is chosen,
Pieces from all over –
Statues from the Philippines
Luxurious soft fabric’s summoning.
Here’s an elegant array of
China dolls and crystal clay.
A hint of saffron and cardamom,
oohs… ahhs… reflect it All.
Windows wide, sparkle, sing,
Light floods cold on flawless things.
Jewels that breathe histrionic smiles
Assembled perfectly in matching style.
Silently a crumb is let go,
Oblivious to all that is gold.
Words unspoken in disguise
Enveloping whispers running wild.
Orchestrated by the best
This monument of family’s crest;
This pinnacle of her desires
Will not flex in storms or fire.
No, it cannot, nor will not stay
This masquerade of costly decay.
Although we see through luscious lies,
we play along, avoiding eyes.
But, alas, this cannot last
Crumbs will slide, jewels will sass.
Mindful undertones, ruthless turmoil,
Dark the light, fear the spoiled.
Now posted is a revised version of the poem — very helpful pointers and suggestions from Avril Yospa, Gay Cannon, Victoria Ceretto-Slotto, Claudia Schoenfeld and all the other wonderful writers below. Thank you!