Friday, April 12, 2019

Gilded Cages (Day 814)

in what gilded cages 

they live out their lot of rosé days 

and bourbon nights  

cheeks prickling  eyes glowing 

with the satisfaction 

of another’s job 

well done

how do they silence  when they 

creep between their chambers 

late at night  all those doors 

squealing with disuse

how   in portraits  

do their artists capture the lurid 

shade of self-inflated fury

or   for sympathy  do they display 

jagged edges and disappear 

again  eyes glazed 

with fear and longing  to shelter 

in those jangling cells of luxury  

drawing close their velvet drapes 

against an inner darkness 

teeming with the fervent desires 

and untested truths 

of a feverish equatorial night

(c) 2019, by Hannah Six

Image: Evelyn De Morgan, The Gilded Cage (ca 1900 – 1919), 

oil on canvas, via Wikimedia Commons

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