Romanesque and Gothic dragonflies
in late afternoon sun, paint peeling
imbued with arabesques
along another narrow passageway

a butterfly, pond with goldfish
lily smoldering captive and restless
parrot in the vine
will not surrender differences easily

to dance, slow, delicious
as a cigarette under palms
and laundry high overhead
dangling greenery, curtains

a sequence of plaster saints
along grillwork and
candles, a prayer
of bananas, a fountain, oranges

so proudly defiant, stumbling through doors
to a telephone, notice, on red cushions
few places like this
leave quicksilver fame or glory

Poem copyright 2017 by Jnana Hodson
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