A particle of dust descends
slowly over trophy shelves
tumbling under golden cups
scarcely mirrored in the bronze
slipping past the silver prize
below their marble bases, names,
lower than the mantle's ledge
embracing fingers of a flame
which hold it as they make a wish
then blow it toward the facing wall
where glass refracts the filaments
of cobwebs clutching chandeliers
which holds no candle to the hearth
imbuing room with ardent hues
as only fire can inspire
igniting sparks of newborn dust
unto finite points of rest:
within a wreath of withered blooms
around the bowl of plastic fruit
about the statue of a king
or volumes long since read aloud
before four paintings rarely viewed
above arrangements dried and dyed
adorning urns of ashes saved
or coating unfamiliar frames
of faces immemorial.

Dust © Copyright 2021, Robert J. Tiess.

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Submitted: February 25, 2019

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