We have always lived in the castle

With its high walls and heavy gates
that open with the gleam of gold
the flash of plastic
we have always lived here
secure in our large vocabularies
and convoluted grammar
and our knowledge of which fork to use.

We have always lived here
and wondered why others choose
to live in crowded tenements
and walk on muddy cart-tracks
to smoke on street corners
take pills and shit
to manufacture moods

when here, in this high tower,
the views are wonderful
and the breeze brings scents
of moonlight blossoms

come up come up
we call
then shut the door

For Christine’s daily writing prompt at Go Dog Go Cafe – and for the dVerse  open link night.

Christine prompts us to write a poem inspired by the title of a book. 10-3-2019

12 thoughts on “We have always lived in the castle

  1. Although I did not enjoy the book much, I love what you’ve created from the title, Sarah. I like the sardonic tone in the lines:
    ‘secure in our large vocabularies
    and convoluted grammar
    and our knowledge of which fork to use’.

    Like

  2. “secure in our large vocabularies
    and convoluted grammar”
    that says it all, brilliant writing and I agree with Kim….it’s sardonic and there’s nothing I like better!!

    Like

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