It takes a glance to catch him: turn a head
and he'll be gone back through the wall - the one
with counties catalogued by colour. Quick!
He's there. He stares around the room, a man
who's lost his century, bemused by desks
and phones, dividing screens, fluorescent light
that makes his inky fingers glow. He wears
a frown beneath his wig, a blot of mud
still wet around his calf. Why is he here?
His shoulders slope in chalk cascades, his arms
solidify round parchments, briefs and notes
with ribbons wound about them. When I turn
my head, he turns, returns the stare. I smile:
'see us', my eyebrows arch, 'both lost inside
this treasury, too poor to seek escape'.
Needs a bit of work, I think. And given the content, it probably needs approval from some committee or other. Oh, well ...