Tuesday, September 14, 2010


Safe in its Glazed Chamber-
Untouched by Mourning-
And untouched by the Moon-
Lies the meek relic of the Insurrection-
Pillow of Satin - and Roof of Stone!*

the Shadow darkly unmoved,
hangs upon its golden Spot;
the Blessed Blood steeps 
in slowly relinquished layers...
curing to soft rapturous Rot!

[*a re-versing of the first stanza of "216", with apologies to Emily DICKINSON, 1830-1886]

[suspended in the Hôpital La Pitié-Salpêtrière, 75013 Paris]

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