Posted by: Ron DuBour | December 19, 2014

Architectural Features


Poesy plus Polemics

"Mount St Hilarion and the Castle Ruins" Painting by David Bomberg From bbc.co.uk “Mount St Hilarion and the Castle Ruins”
Painting by David Bomberg
From bbc.co.uk

silver princes gold kings
rule castled demesnes
ersatz power turns gears
lifts the drawbridge and
drops the portcullis thus
sealing illusions of safety
defending the keep from
a rabble who know that
true majesty reigns where
the apse bears the altar
feigned loyalty paid to a
fortified throne biding
time till the trumpets of
faith tumble ramparts of
masoned authority leaving
the cottage of wattle the
post and beam barn and
the timber trussed church
free to function as small
discrete centers of power
each hamlet in charge of
its popular destiny paved
with the battlement stones
once aligned upon towers
enforcing the mythical
tenets and rubrics of royalty

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