View from the terrace of the family's Brooklyn Heights apartment

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Tomb in Ravenna

Slit-brick exterior 
by centuries degraded
Sanctuary black to sun-stunned eyes
till marmalade light  
begins to unveil in uncertain rays
Byzantine splendor and gold
Mosaic mystery, delicate sermon in stone
from darkness displays 
a decorum suggesting the hidden dead
solemn, simple, cold.

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