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Panes of Leaded Glass
By Rob S. Rice

In dreams or wistful thoughts I see
A world where Bismarck's Germany
Endured in peace and harmony
And spared the world the agony...

I climb a tower or distant hill
And think to see it, lasting, still
A world where airships voyage by
Great gentle giants of the sky.

Extension cords with gas, or air
No mindless clamor everywhere.
And drawing rooms where all repair
To hear harmoniums play there.

A world less steeped in speed and rage,
A world of the narrow gauge.
Caloric engines, anthracite,
Automata to awe, delight...

A world of brandy and cigars,
Aetheric journeys to the stars.
Where city states loom over Mars.
And on the streets one finds centaurs.

A world where traces yet remain
Of the eldritch, urbane, arcane.
And when some ask me to explain
They pause--and think that I'm insane?
An ode to a world that should have been... but in some senses, is.
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So beautiful. Nicely written!
PaxAeternum Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014   General Artist
This is perhaps one of the finest poems I have ever read.   Please do visit my gallery as I believe my work is directly conducive to trying to save what I can and make real the world that you speak of in this tremendously evocative and emotion-enduing piece.
RobSRice Featured By Owner Edited Oct 3, 2014  Professional Writer
I am greatly honored.  Through a sympathetic heart I have long been made aware of your delight in my verse and your own incomparable achievements. I shall post some similar such doggerel by way of thanks.  Your own work in metal and ink is incomparable, I hope delight and ambition shall shield you from futility and despair.
PaxAeternum Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014   General Artist
I think I know who that would be, the large-spirited and kind-tounged Wendy Terwilleger.   She is perhaps one of the kindest and most earnest hearts I know, and a very rare character in these dismal times.  

I very much appreciate the kind words, I hope to give back in some way.
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