Pillars

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Borrowed from time,
fooling the eye
Staking their claim,
where money plays
Pericles gawks,
and rolls his eyes
Wisdom has left,
greed takes its place
The homeless sleep
on hidden streets
Expensive suits,
pretend to cry
The pillars watch,
unworthy spines

Somewhere in the Financial District, London
Photo by: c.b.w. 2006

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Castle

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A walk on water,
impossible dream
Pearls in the distance,
ablaze in white light

Treacherous thickets,
wear thorns of warning
Guarding the towers,
from dragons and knights

Only those with wings,
answer the riddle
A city of stones,
haven built of clouds

St. James Park, London
Photo by: c.b.w. 2011

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The Jampot

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A place that hides
from prying eyes
Tickets are free,
if you know the cue
Red meets with green,
the lantern glows
The hinge may creak,
old glass may bulge
Secrets still float

from retired cups
What’s your pleasure,
past or present?

The Jamaica Wine House, St. Michael’s Alley, Cornhill, London
Photo by: c.b.w. 2006

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Special Note: The Jamaica Wine House was originally London’s first coffeehouse, which opened in 1652. Call the “The Jampot” by locals, this is a place steeped in history as the arrival of coffee changed Europe in surprising ways. This history of coffee in England is actually quite fascinating and is worth exploring: English Coffehouses.

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c.b.w. 2014