GLASS CASES ~ filled with antique artifacts

Each one a treasure ~ neatly labelled 

Dated and stated ~ antiquated 

The facts are true ~ or perhaps they're fabled ?


Shards of exquisite pottery

Assembled ~ glued into a Greek amphora

Would Socrates its form & function verify ?

Or Plato recognise its aura ?


CHILDREN look bored ~ as case by case they pause  

Only the daggers and the swords entrall

The weapons ~ that speak of distant wars

The wars that deskbound Generals  never saw !


The Mummies bound in their sarcophagi

Lie motionless another thousand years

Forgotten as each decade passes by

The "Mummy's Curse" embodies all our fears !


Suits of Armour ~ Paintings by the score

Are side by side with sculptures ~ marble wrought

In cases in the basement ~ there are more

And year on year some new Antiques are bought !


 MUSEUMS ~ antiquarians delight

The provenance of each item researched

Sometimes they ~ don't even get it right  

So they resign ~ their expertise besmirched !


Thanks for reading ~ comments welcome ~ Love BRIAN XOX


I love Museums ~ especially on holiday in another  Country ! 


  • OxfordSkills

    Wow! I love that Brian. How you brought the story to life is simply amazing. Thank you for your many expressions of genius. If you haven't yet self-published, then please do so as quick as you can :-)

    Also, I just want to apologise for being so busy, I haven't had time to log onto My Poetic Side or anything else besides my lesson planning and teaching, and everything else my PGCE programme required.
    However, please know that I LOVE your poetic skills, and hope one day I can write the way you do. Well done once again Brian.. Well done! :-)


      Thanks FRIEND for your kind words. Poetry does enable us to bring thing to life ~ even Museums ! I do turn some of my poems into booklets ~ desktop publishing ~ for limited circulation ! Will check your poems ~ Poetic Hugs ~ BRIAN

    • Gary Edward Geraci

      "Children looked bored...." and seeing only the weapons....Great observation of a pressing societal ill Brian. This remains the real challenge today: how do we engage our children?

      • BRIAN & ANGELA

        THANKS GARY ~ One of the problems with today Society ~ especially for the Young ~ is that it is dominated by Films and the internet and Magazines that promote violence & sex etc. Consequently this is what turns Young people on and much that is of far greater value is rejected. To reverse this we would have to limit freedom of choice in Society and have more censorship on the WWW ~ Films and Publications etc. The problem is no Political Party that promised more censorship would get elected ~ so the rot will continue to spread ! Yours BRIAN

        • Gary Edward Geraci

          Listen yes! And setting an example through our own struggle with virtue and control of vice. There have been successes in the Charter school environments; I'm a big fan of bettering the educational opportunities for our kids. But one can't argue against Brian's assessment of the rot that is working to corrupt our children. Concerning the Internet and social networks, I like to take the Romans 12:21 approach: "Be not overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good."

        • 1 more comment

        • Tony36

          Well written and expressed

          • BRIAN & ANGELA

            Thanks TONY ~P leased you liked it ~ BRIAN

            • Tony36


            • Goldfinch60

              Good write. I love museums, I am always amazed by the artefacts in them.

              • BRIAN & ANGELA

                YES ANDY ~ Thank GOD the Museaums have preserve the past for us ~ to see ~ taste ~ handle ~ smell etc. Pictures and videos are very sterile. When i visited Liverpool last week all the Art Galleries and Museums were FREE but there was a notice saying "A donation of £4 would be appreciated !" However being free no one was prevented from going in and looking around. We must ensure that we don't erect barriers to Culture The Concert in the Cavern Club was also FREE ! BRIAN

              • orchidee

                A fine write.

                • BRIAN & ANGELA

                  Thanks STEVEN ~ pleased you liked it ~ BRIAN

                • Christina8

                  Lovely rhyming poem! Your details are so true. I also enjoy visiting museums on vacation. Great job! Hugs-Christina

                  • BRIAN & ANGELA

                    Thanks CHRIS ~ You are a proper poet and I know you love RHYME ! i love the MUSEUMS and GALLERIES in th USA they are all so different and I always learn something new about your very interesting Country ~ its Art & History ! Happy Hugs ~ BRIAN

                  • Michael Edwards

                    It's a fabulous museum - the Hermitage is probably my favourite - would love to return to St P one day and such a great write

                    • BRIAN & ANGELA

                      Thanks MICHAEL ~ The Hermitage (in St Petersburg) is awsome ~ as are the Churches and other Galleries. Pleased you appreciated the poem ~ BRIAN

                    • Jane Frye

                      This is delightful! Thanks Brian.

                      • BRIAN & ANGELA

                        Thanks JANE ~ pleased you liked it ~ I love Museums do You ? Yours BRIAN

                        • Jane Frye

                          Yes, I do. We have some pretty good ones in San Francisco.

                        • Jessie

                          Brilliant job. You create perfect images in my head and recreate so many memories with your beautiful words. This is wonderful!

                          • BRIAN & ANGELA

                            THANKS JESSIE ~ Please you liked the poem ~ and Museums ! Please check my Flower Poem ~ Thanks Yours BRIAN Thanks for accepting me as a Friend :o)

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