A king in a picture

She said if you cup your hands just right and look through them, you can frame a castle. Take the spot where the sun hits brightest,

away from the sliding moss and dirt driven moat. Besiege the noble height, feeling walls as if it was home. It was the facade

of peasants' plenty, where I modeled for you. The muse to the incoherent shutter of frames that would cease in frustration.

She wished the dandelions from Versailles and persistence from Angkor. Still, my eyelids grew warm and red, smiling

innocently with hushed pride. She was a dreamer, born looking up at stone walls, the body for a throne

she took rightly with possession. A fruitful balance of melancholy and mockery that warranted a crown.

We entered through the front doors. The drawbridge down so long the chains were gone. The foyer empty of all but

rude graffiti and dust that marked our steps through the citadel, tracing interruptions. She took a picture.

With the wind, the floorboards sung of peasant dreams, the fateful glare of old phantoms sustained by

filtered sunlight. Pitiful candlelight flickering on and off, unable to withstand the weight of this responsibility. Together,

we waltzed where a queen once walked, with grace we became one to the smell of Moth-eaten cotton,

We ended in the grand room, found a piano with no keys. Tattered curtains peeling softly to lame greys. Pieces of fine china

and carved glass scattered like a mosaic
a king in the picture on the wall.