the armed guard is dressed

in 19th century floral

pink stilettos peeking

a shadow of layered petticoat

 

the folds separate the women

from the men and the young

paper coiled into tubes

two eye one at a time

 

a black helmet

upside down nests

an emoji crossed smile

umbered and chained

to feet of old plastic dolls

 

the ivory cat’s reflection rests

in painted boards

sky holes gaping

on serrated mesh

 

a flag wooden is tacked

to a white wall broken

of new foundations

on the third story

bought tolled and taxed