Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Dedication of the Basilica of St. John Lateran in Rome

you told me that

in a crisis, we should

stop making beautiful things.

there’s not much need

these days.

so, I took out my suitcase,

dusted off the top

and slowly opened

the tarnished latches.

I climbed inside.

I pierced the red lining

with a pin--

light shone through

from the yellow of the room.

I’ll make my own stars.

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