Saturday, June 22, 2013

Versailles - the sun king's palace in the rain

The approach:

Versailles glory of the Sun King
on a day of relentless rain
and transport strikes

advance tickets count for little
the longest queue is for the ticketed
snaking round the outer courtyard
outside the gilded gates

children pester for standing lunch
adults fume
umbrellas mushroom

slowly we come nearer the goal
creeping obedient subjects
"A toutes les gloires de la France"

we shuffle small steps forward
kept in our place by footmen
who insist on good manners
always start your question with a cheery
“Bonjour monsieur, excusez-moi, mais. . .”
about an hour to wait in line  - that’s all.

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