A’ras An Uachtar’ain


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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