If you’re ever floating down the Congo
be sure to visit the small village of Gbadolite,
home to the stately pleasure-dome of Mobutu
the former Ozymandias of Zaire.
For twenty dollars the squatters in the palace,
his former soldiers and their families,
will let you have a look around the place.
It’s everything you imagine a crazed dictator
would find befitting his inflexible will:
dried fountains and greenish jacuzzis,
conveyor belts in the kitchen that served
pâté and chilled salmon on Limoges china,
a spacious sunroof of red steel girders,
a statue of his first wife, Marie-Antoinette.
Photo Credit: Sean Smith for the Guardian