Married life, Burghers in the Kingdom of Candy,
A reimagined Arnolfini Portrait.
Window shutters, chattels and Dutch symbols of standing.
Billing doves, hands on hearts, hand on skirt.
Hand on thigh. Sable for him, miniver for her,
A contract witnessed in a convex mirror.
Carved in relief, garlanded on an eggshell,
Dedimunda Deviyo, winged cherubs and Cupid.
Immaculate keepsake, sweet betrothal remembered.
Indo-Dutch carved ostrich egg, Sri Lanka dated 1771