a pupil somewhere wrote
a vacuum is an empty space occupied by the Pope.
the church of Santa Croce
we are invited to put coins in slots
light a timed electric candle on one
of the brazen, gilt madonnas that simper
glass panels clutching bambini Christs
with the limbs and faces of miniature adults.
pictures—none ever seen
by true daylight: Christ in Limbo
the damned, and in judgment in the heavens;
Lucifer falling to a brimstone hell;
Second of five poems in the sequence Postcards from Florence.
© Godfrey Rust 1996, email@example.com. See here for permissions.