These halls full of history
are haunted by ghosts.
They echo with the faint whispering
of secrets passed from guest to host.
Their shelves hold jeweled crowns
which rested on royal heads,
and their hooks hold masterpieces
of famous artists now long dead.
These halls attended marriages
and the celebration of male heirs,
gravely tracking the orderly procession
of Henry’s wives by trial and error.
They endured the exchange of the kingdom
from one generation to the next,
standing in silent observation
at titles bought for the price of a neck.
These halls have painted eyes
and frowns in heavy frames
of historic figures from long ago
with eternally remembered names.
How different must their lives have been
from those who walk these halls today,
who place their feet on worn down stone
and gawk at the splendor on display.
These halls have seen more history
than history books can show.
Even now they still stand watching,
allowing their knowledge of the world to grow.
(Photo: Hampton Court Palace)
(Photo: Portrait of King Henry VIII)