MoP, Day 26

I have a collection
of ornamental fans
they sit across the top
of my bedroom window

beautiful colours and patterns
rigid structure unfurling
majestic canvases of moments
that stretch into scenes

some were cheap,
inexpensive knock-offs
from street vendors in
Japan and Italy

despite their plastic frames
their reproduced landscapes
they are evocative reminders
of exotic experiences

others came from my grandmother’s house
packed away for years
finally produced with glee
– look, Mum. Vintage.

I close my eyes and try to picture it
elegant dresses and long cigarettes
opera capes and glamorous parties
meeting eyes across the top of a coquettish fan

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