Sightseer

cathedral

sightseer

A pale cathedral in ruins

stands emptied of the faithful

with their out-of-focus faces

stretched in Sunday sermon smiles.


A stubborn zombie descant lingers

underneath the flying buttress

where sticky alleluias echo

a perfect third below the root.


Shards of rare Italian panes

strewn in random pretty piles

are the stained-in-glass remains

from the frantic strange-winged beatings

of flawed and tragic birds.


They were only aiming for a bright hole

--for an exit to punch into

dazzled by the blueness

of what might have been the sky.


Walls disguised as windows

are an elegant distraction

from another boring sermon

about faith or leprosy.


They crushed themselves against

the lies that didn’t even open

shattered glass and broken feathers

left behind like something holy

--a relic to alley-peddle later

like some bloody souvenir.



© 2010 susan beck

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Steele Fields 6 years ago from drexel hill,pa Author

Thanks again, notquitecorso. I am in the process of reading and re-reading your own poetry and will post comments. I just became an official fan, btw.


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notquitecorso 6 years ago from Portland, Oregon

just so great steele...i wont bore you with more praise lol.


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Steele Fields 6 years ago from drexel hill,pa Author

Thanks Tori and lifegate-- you made my day:)


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billyaustindillon 6 years ago

Very powerful Steele - I feel the coldness of the hollow cathedral as the remnants of failing messages flow unheralded.


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Steele Fields 6 years ago from drexel hill,pa Author

Organized religion, lol.


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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

A beautiful picture of abandonment but abandonment of what I wonder? WB


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lifegate 6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

Nicely done!


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torimari 6 years ago from Pennsylvania

I'm on a roll today with poetry--I'm getting actually pleasant ones that flow nicely. Great imagery, ambiance and overall work~~

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