LA LOIRE :: les chateaux

Has
there
ever been
a mightier show
of power, a greater
call to arms, than the
building of a majestic castle,
turrets shining white in the sun?

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Has
there
ever been
more splendid
than marble walls
guarding spiral staircases
and strongholds whispering
the most intimate secrets in silence?

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Will
there
ever be
gardens more
enchanting, with
laughing fountains and
golden leaves backdropped
by ancient roofs and towers?

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For
these
castles are
aplenty on this
crisp autumn day
as we walk through
history books and wonder
at the lords and kings of old.

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The
rooms
are filled
with splendid
drapes and arched
cold ceilings carved with
heraldic symbols of old nobility
that now gather dust in forgotten books.

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The
stone
is dark
and faded
but still it stands
and does not falter
to carry on after its lord
has gone and only strangers remain.

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Let
castles
tell their
stories through
whispers in stone
and loud creaking doors
and the whistling of the wind
through the open windows echoes

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Like
ghosts
and ancient
spirits recalling
precious past memories
etched deep into the soul
of the foundations of the castle,
buried deep beneath the earth, but not forgotten.

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[Written 6/10/16]

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