Vail's Mansion

a ponderous, rundown, monstrosity
  6 stories of marble & wrought iron
  wall paper murals
  cathedral ceilings

our steps echoed in its emptiness
  one lone girl-child at a table
  shaping a lump of clay into a head:
  beautiful, detailed, adult-like

©1998, John A. Mills

published in Shot Glass Journal Issue #3