‘The Great Exhibition of 1851’ by Kristina Ng The Society February 12, 2015 Culture, Poetry 1 Comment I saw a grand palace as sculpted by the Genie of the Lamp, adorned with lights so golden, as if it came from within. I saw great achievements under the sky of glass, soared to extraordinary heights: a modern Tower of Babel, raised again! I saw a celebrated elm, stood tall at the core of the temporal greenhouse: a sylvan beauty painfully retained. I saw white statues, never cease to enthrall: Venus and Cupid, the Queen and her spouse, exalted was the monarchy who reigned! I saw a massive throng, of all stations of life—naive eyes on the odd displays, worth the ransom of a rich merchant ship. I saw for the first time, tribes from nations beyond ours; queer were their garbs to my gaze, strange were the sounds of tongues, splendidly mixed! I witnessed paradigm of novelty: the herald of a new age of science, the verge of an amazing odyssey of inventions—the temple’s true triumph! Yet, it’s just a fantastical escape of paupers into the pompous parade. Kristina Ng is a poet living in Malaysia. Featured Image: Crystal Palace from the northeast from Dickinson’s Comprehensive Pictures of the Great Exhibition of 1851 Related Post ‘Check-Mate by a Pawn’ and Other Poetry by Amy F... Check-Mate by a Pawn for my sons We parry, thrust: This game of wits, Where each pawn must Deflect your hits. My mounted knight Skips overhea... Tell the world:FacebookTwitterTumblrPinterestRedditLinkedInEmail One Response james sale February 12, 2015 Love that last line – fabulous! Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.