ÁRAS AN UACHTARÁIN reflection on visit.

ÁRAS AN UACHTARÁIN

Seeping historic vapours suffuse

Corridors of transient power,

Shadows emerge rendering

Observers  speechless.

 

Past Presidents majestically watch over

Friends, foes and guests

Present parlance, treaties and consensus.

Secrets smattered into layers

Of hidden promises and betrayals.

 

Fading mint fabric wall linings

Insulate and forever capture

Scenes of consent and discontent

Infused in every thread.

 

Opulent woven Phoenix  pile

Relinquishes underfoot

Welcoming your serene presence to survey

Surroundings below and above.

 

The President of Ireland’s house awaits.

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