Waiting for Napoleon
by Kristelle Plimmer
Windows painted by a brown loving Malevich
millions and millions of layers of Moscow dust and dirt flaking and peeling
Pears golden yellow as the evening
Yellow as the building across the street
Windows in Moscow are deep
deep, the original double glazing
tiny reflections glowing on the inside
staring out at the Kremlin as
Tolstoy did, looking down the street for the French
wondering if it was too late to leave before Napoleon ....
This poem was written by Kristelle as part of 'Poets under Pressure' in response to National Geographic's '50 Greatest Photographs' and the scene overlooking Moscow, with five pears adorning the window sill. Poets were given ten minutes to create poetry about a photograph chosen from a member of the audience.