My granddaughter and I paused before Turner’s
‘War: the Exile and the Rock Limpet’
in the collection of the artist’s work
at Tate Britain, Millbank, beside the Thames.
The exile is Napoleon Bonaparte
on St Helena. He stands – in signature
outfit including the hat – arms folded,
contemplating obscure life in a rock pool.
A guard, musket shouldered, stands some paces off.
The sun rises or sets on a swirling, volcanic coast.
‘Was Napoleon really that tall?’ she asked.