An Artist and an Ambassador – A Poem

 

An Artist and an Ambassador

She is outside painting hieroglyphs
on the tin roof
in the rain.

It is not her charge though.

An ambassador climbs the steps
to the stone chamber
on the second level

where she dissects
the translucent musings
of a diary

from the close
of the nineteenth century.

It is written by a man named Phillip
the one time owner

of the estate
who she has come to realize
she hates.

But it is her duty
to log and translate

his delusions.

And yet the ambassador dreams

privately

of her
outside
with beautiful paint stained hands
carefully constructing
lines
that effortlessly wash away.

And outside she dreams of the ambassador
and of umbrellas

and of birds
that nest in gothic spires.

Repression barters time
from ghosts

in the courtyard.

The ambassador
and the artist
both believe that

somewhere out in the gardens

an answer waits.

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