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Musee d’Orsay grasps the hands of time.
The clock crowns; its gears move around.
Gallery-goers lookout and grin 
from Paris-Orleans to Montmartre;
the clock crowns; its gears move around.
Each eye’s drawn from inside scenes 
to the site of Sacré-Cœur without
then back again to the Degas.
Gallery goer’s lookout and grin 
locked on the Place de la Concorde,
as the hand moves past a boat
on the still Seine, and the traffic
from Paris-Orleans to Montmartre.
Time passes; patron’s heads spin unwonted,
as the hands of the clockwork pass,
Monet’s lilies await—is there time?

*The Retourne a French form from the middle ages.
Published in Page & Spine 2015

Copyright © | Year Posted 2017

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Date: 4/9/2017 6:06:00 AM
Pleased to find out you're posting again, Debbie. This poem shows that you have an on hands experience of Musee d'Orsay, where masters of art have left their impression. I too have had the pleasure to visit this place by the Seine which took over from the old train station. ~ Warm regards // paul
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Debbie Guzzi
Date: 4/9/2017 4:41:00 PM
One can never get enough of Paris!
Date: 4/2/2017 11:25:00 AM
Aye, Debbie - yes indeed. : )
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