How can you so massive be so light?

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Canterbury Cathedral

 

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Chartres Cathedral from the back

 

Here’s a poem I wrote in 1975 after travelling in Europe and visiting these two cathedrals:

Canterbury Chartres

 

 

Sing blue light death,

burn maps of heaven

how can you so massive

be so light?

Feet fall in frozen

faces stone smooth

from the steps of people

smoothing centuries.

 

Shouting joy from the last pane

a blue plane of stained glass why

never finished,

soaring to the sky

Even the stone bones

push the lungs high

where the dragon winged

stretch a silent cry.

A march of martyrs,

a rose of saints

sing to the long still workman’s hands:

Je l’aime qui donne avec joie.

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Published by ahiggins2013

poet, birder, senior citizen, cancer survivor, Catholic sister. Eight books of poetry published: At the Year’s Elbow, Mellen Poetry Press 2000; Scattered Showers in a Clear Sky, Plain View Press 2007; chapbooks: Pick It Up and Read, Finishing Line Press 2008, How the Hand Behaves, Finishing Line Press 2009, Digging for God, Wipf and Stock 2010, Vexed Questions, Aldrich Press 2013, Reconnaissance, Texture Press 2014, and Life List, Finishing Line Press, 2015.

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