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NaPoWriMo: Poem 18 - The Wedding Guests at Allerton Mansion

As part of National Poetry Writing Month, I will be writing 30 poems in 30 days. I will try to write one each day, but if I miss a day or two, I will catch up on later days. Sometimes I will be following prompts; while other days will come from my own ideas.

I wrote some poetry while I was away and am sharing that, as well as working on getting caught up!

Allerton Mansion with Sphinx
Allerton Mansion's brick exterior, with a marble sphinx looking on

The Wedding Guests at Allerton Mansion, Monticello, Illinois

A place so ostentatious
should have ghosts: blooming
pale at sunset in the boxwood maze,
roaming like pale sentries
past alabaster sculptures, whose
faces range from Hellenic
to blank, pie-pan primates.

At night, the ear strains
in vain for wails and moans,
phantom footsteps and
distant unexplained thumping.

Instead, halogen comfort
and familiar sounds from guests
and staff: tapping feet on
loud modern tiles, murmuring voices,
omnipresent TV buzz. Those

who walked these wide halls
by gaslight would find us
garish. To us, their world
archaic, courtly --
unrealistic. Like a formal
painting, muddied with time.

Sphinx at Allerton
A sphinx with the pond.

Unfinished Statue
A deliberately unfinished statue

Boxwood Maze with Trees
The boxwood maze, with trees

Statue with Shadow
A statue on a pedestal, with a long late-morning shadow

Grand Staircase
The grand staircase, carpeted in red

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