Mason Maestro


Royal Versailles - Poem by Mason Maestro

The royal courts were just another weapon
Let me live for just one more second
I see Marie, she's holding flowers
A bouquet with thorns and red from the bleeding
A guillotine sees her to her death
I stand above the Bastille of the dead
Sarcophagus tomb and above us looms
Versailles

I see Versailles against the sky
Beneath the French’s unblinking eye
King Louis stands below them – lost
Somewhere down the Champs-Élysées Boulevard
Above me is a Luxor obelisk
And the empire’s about to risk
Here history gathers the ghosts of the mind
They tear at the heart and here they find
Napoleon’s traps that have been set
Everything I would forget
Beneath Versailles

I see Versailles against the sky
Beneath the French’s unblinking eye
Violent revolt is close at hand
You are damned if you do and if you don't - damned!
A red eye, tyrant full of hate glares from the Resistance
A captive state if it should blink or deviate
A thousand prisoners would obliterate
I do not move, nor do I speak
Beneath the château and pitiless tone of stone -
Versailles


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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Poem Edited: Monday, December 5, 2011


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