stream with light
from every shard.
The silent congregation of intricate
and ancient art, is animate
with sanguine songs,
a cadmium and cobalt choir
intoning medieval psalms
and Victorian poetry.
Such heavenly illuminations
are devilishly delicate,
so easy to annihilate.
Kim M. Russell, 12th August 2019
My response to dVerse Poets Pub Quadrille: Raising Our Poetic Voices
De is our host this Monday, asking us to give voice in exactly 44 words.
For my birthday, we took the train from Norwich to Ely, a medieval city situated on an island in the East Anglian fens. We went to Oliver Cromwell’s house, wandered around the Ely Museum, which used to be the bishop’s gaol, and Ely Cathedral, where I was fascinated by the stained glass museum and took many photos of examples of beautiful glass art through the ages. It reminded me how much stained glass has been destroyed by religious fanaticism and war.