Temporarily Mine

An experience with a famous sculpture, and possessing


I didn't want to touch it, the statue. No one should.

As I approached, a feeling – a barrier, unseen yet understood

And without her consent, no. Though it was clear anyone could.


Venus alone in a room. Looking smaller than in her photo

But real, full of power and with a wondrous glow

To be admired and adored. Somehow, only a model in a show

No landscape or sky. No crowds, no bustling swirling tornado

Unprotected. A spirit, an awareness against any will or blow.

Her purpose, briefly, her intent – all she was to know...

Possessed me, and mine her. Inseparable, uninterrupted in Time's flow.

Mine ended, all that I took. When I left she didn't follow.


I left the exhibition through the shop. Memorabilia in boxes in glitter

Limited edition copies, prints. Prices. I looked away feeling bitter

Someone in a doorway outside, occupied their space with smoke and litter.