Cornelissen’s, SOAS, Russell Hotel

Writing the City 1.

A huddle of brolly ladies wait before facing the rain,
ancient glistening flagstones reflect the light,
ochre,violet,blue like walking on water.
Egyptian tourist poster of Sharma Shieh on red double-decker.

Pass Colossal,Corinthian,colonnade to Cornelissen’s
too tidy shelves and dainty displays of paints,
pastels,inks and powders of Eygptian blue,
verdigris and vermillion and the smell of craft.

In SOAS photos of Madian Saleh, Al Ula
and skeletal remains of the Hejaz Railway
from Laurence of Arabia’s time.
Excavated from the desert they are
now a Unesco World Heritage Site.

The Japanese roof garden has wet slate blue tiles,
jet black pebbles and steel chains running off
the steady rain from today’s dismal sky.

The hideously ornate Russell Hotel lobby has
swirly blood red and white marble columns
encircling a mosaic horoscope with a winking sun eye.

In the foyer Rosemary in dapper hat and I sit
ensconced in comfy green leather armchairs as
a genial doorman invites us to return-anytime!
Phyllis Lane

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s