My Norman walls have overseen
the bustling market for centuries.
I’ve witnessed war and rebellion,
wealth and famine, the flourishing
of Norwich as a fine city.
I harbour ancient treasures,
chronicle the lives and times of citizens:
some were imprisoned in my dungeons,
while others hung from my walls for all to see.
Ghosts linger like mouldering scent
clinging to items of archaeology,
to bones, animal and human,
late Iron Age torcs and medieval art.
My favourite exhibit is kept in my heart,
the Norwich Snapdragon,
which once held one person
in its body made of basketwork,
their legs concealed beneath its skirt.
Kim M. Russell, 21st August 2019
My response to Poets United Midweek Motif: Museum(s)
This week’s midweek motif is museum(s). Susan says that she loves museum-ed objects of art and history, the buildings, and the evidence of choices regarding what to include and why, as well as the many benches that dot museums, and the smaller and more obscure collections on offer these days. Our challenge is to pick a museum, any museum, and write a new poem that takes her there. To inspire us, she has shared quotations from Carrie Adams, Andy Warhol and Sharon Waxman, and poems by Richard Wilbur, Ben Purkert and Lawrence Ferlinghetti.