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.


R. Charboneau

 

Photo Credit: Sean Smith for the Guardian

2 thoughts on “Ozymandias Revisited

  1. You betcha, I’ll be sure to visit all pleasure-domes that come my way! How cool that his first wife was called Marie-Antoinette. It’s a chilling coincidence. Unless that was her nickname? (not sure which would be more disturbing)

    Thank you for the tantalizing introduction, Monsieur. I’ll find my way from here.

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