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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