when at the main detroit public library
climb up the stairs and step out of the doors
to the loggia outside
look up to the ceiling arches to see
the 7 beautiful mosiacs
inspired by william shakespeare’s
“as you like it”
the 7 stages of man
with thousands of tiny glazed tiles
created by tiny hands at pewabic pottery
after reading the chart below
i believe that i find myself in the 5th stage – justice,
working my way toward the 7th stage – decrepitude.
“we know what we are, but know not what we may be.”
a great day spent in detroit
exploring the main library
built by andrew carnegie
in the last year of the civil war
to bring knowledge to the people
1 of 21 remaining in detroit
not forgetting the children
where stories were told in front of the fire
and careful attention
was paid to every detail
a beautiful oasis created and restored
beating in the heart of the city.
“a city isn’t so unlike a person.
they both have the marks to show
they have many stories to tell.
they see many faces.
they tear things down and make new again.”
― rasmenia massoud