The Palace and the Lake
Palace of Fine Arts
Panama-Pacific Exposition, San Francisco 1915
White swans glide along
The lake, past the plum trees
With their crushed purple leaves
And rain-blackened branches.
Pandoras perch on colonnades,
Peering into mysteries unseen.
Urns adorned with piping Cupids
Stand on pedestals taller than a man.
Archangels ring the rotunda,
Passing judgement on the passers-by.
Willow trees lean down to meet
The lake's edge overflowing.
A swan's cry lifts above the pines,
Cutting through the rhythm of the rain.
©2016 Michael Fraley
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