entrance through open, rusty large gates,
car wheels on stoney road leave trail;
old glass abstractly gazes on reduced estate;
half-loaded, tall stone ship with slackened sails.
uniformed formal portraits, uncles in dining room,
glass-negative relatives, un-curated and dusty,
their Victorian gaze privIledged and presumed:
faultless starched fashion, cut-glass diction fusty.
basement windows curtained by cobweb threads,
random domestic detritus awaiting decision:
in contrast to first floor four-poster beds,
staircase paintings, executed with precision.
sabbath-still ponds invaded by unwelcome weeds,
blossom blesses branches on small wooded hill;
this house hope-hungry, on future promise feeds:
warmth invades impassive antiquarian chill.
photo: Dora Kazmierak https://www.instagram.com/dorakazmierak/