A Closed Carved Door

by Dorothee Lang

three doves crossing
eight triangles of ornaments forming
two mosaic skies above
one labyrinth floor

hallways lead to
stairways lead to
hidden rooms filled with caskets
with mementos with
glass paintings of glory of
processions of the past

in a stone hall
in a mysore palace
in the south side of India

a room guarded by
a closed carved door decorated with
shields that tell you to not touch

the throne to read
the sign to find
the lines to learn that

5000 years ago
at this time
you have visited
the same place

in the same way
you are visiting

in the same way
you will visit
now

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