Posted by: Ron DuBour | July 8, 2014

Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart


Poesy plus Polemics

(Originally posted here by me in April 2013)

sacred-heart

(This spectacular church is located in my boyhood home city of Newark, New Jersey. It sits majestically on a rise across the street from where I attended high school. My sister was married here more than fifty years ago. It is world renowned as both an architectural and ecclesiastical jewel. It’s always had a special place in my heart.)

Clerestory windows
Admit into transepts
Heaven’s own light
With agnostic rays
Refracted by doubts

Flying buttresses thrust
From chancel and nave
Transmuting gravity
Through high gothic vaults
Into repentance

Three stained-glass rose panes
Compelling in scale
Adorn forceful façades
Carved from granite quartz stone
Dressed to tolerate sin

Baldacchino and pulpit
Fine-sculpted white marble
Pronounce sacred words
Steeped in mystery’s echo
Profane ears can hear

The Christ and His altar
Pink-born of Carrara
Host the Eucharist
Rapture that ruptures
What evil may linger

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