Black balusters and mahogany stairs

lead gracefully to a parquet second

floor landing.  Decades of voices carried

the water of words to this quiet

circular elegance surrounded  by

bookshelves and photos of New York

and Paris.  Gold painted plaster

moldings wrap the area like decorative

ribbons.  It all speaks with identity

and belonging; above there is a frieze

of a garden in continuous summer.

Through a wide set of leaded windows

a forest is in the distance.

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