Friday, February 19, 2010

St. Barbatus (patron of Benevento, Italy)

calamities to enter

into themselves

on whom the terrors

of the divine judgment

make very little impression

transient glances

do not lead to

a change of heart

sickness daily


live on in former


and disorders

upon the appearance

of an unusual meteor

a rumor that the city

would be destroyed by fire

from heaven

the inhabitants

were seized

with a panic fear

all began to do penance

and fled

with the emperor

at their head

to a great distance

from the city


*this poem is written using found text while researching Barbatus

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