These harbingers of peace and stillness
seem to be helmeted
and armed
their demeanor
in the twilight
is stern

floating across seas
on turtles and sea lions
they have come to cogitate
in these marble halls and corridors
to issue a warning
from the depth of their being—
creatures of reproof
models of calm

having reached a truce in the great struggle
they are not without art—
in the light of dusk
with their weapons sheathed
their bearing holds a certain theatrical menace

captains of thought
and rapt attention
with an arrangement of clothes quite cavalier
quite beautiful
they sit in command of their space
and fill the air with shadows

 

Stuart Dodds

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