‘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 Views expressed by individual poets and writers on this website and by commenters do not represent the views of the entire Society. The comments section on regular posts is meant to be a place for civil and fruitful discussion. Pseudonyms are discouraged. The individual poet or writer featured in a post has the ability to remove any or all comments by emailing submissions@ classicalpoets.org with the details and under the subject title “Remove Comment.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Related 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 Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email.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.