Alte National Galerie
Layers of paint rest heavily
Light Muslin blinds filter sunlight
Ears take in the guided detail, cocooned from their surroundings by cloth coverings and foam, softening the sound and protecting their deliverable
Gold opulence frames it all, door, painting, wall section. Glowing in the warmth of the day outside.
Busts rest solidly upon plinths, a respectful distance apart from each other.
Grandly carpeted curving staircase steps sweep upwards, closer to today.
A welcome break in tradition rests on floor and walls, lower down; gold frames, black legs delivered in black and white images, suggestive sepia tint. A dusty floor and one absent mirror.
Dropped frame, light box, slipped image.
I told you some boys were bad
Tour guide ended
Aching limbs move sluggishly in the baking heat
Home, at last.