A Testament to Faith …

Clerestory

Clerestory

The testament to Faith ..

Great arching ribs of stone
enclose a still-beating heart ;
towering tracery belies the Abbey’s weight
framing the blue of an April sky
in soaring silhouette.
The Gothic ruins
breathe the breath
of faith ..
palpable as the masons’ art ..
One must look upward:
the architecture of the soul
seeking its source:
The Architect of all … .

About atomsofstars

Reticent .. but I hope my poetry speaks for me .. Favourite quotation .. ' Uttering a word is like striking a note on the keyboard of the imagination.' Ludwig Wittgenstein
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2 Responses to A Testament to Faith …

  1. Jamie MacNab says:

    Living stones cut from the living rock make our most durable memorials, I think, Marya. And the perhaps the intense labour invested in the buildings adds to their holiness. And the loving thoughts that gave rise to the buildings, too ….

    I often used to take coffee in a mediaeval building in Norwich – in what had been a merchant’s vaults – and I used to admire the stonework there, imagining that, if I could prise one of the stones loose, then I should be the first person to have touched the inner face of it for 600 years. I wonder what that stone-setter looked like ; what did he talk about? what was he thinking as he laid that stone?

    Well, we’re allowed to have silly ideas, aren’t we? 🙂

    God bless.

  2. atomsofstars says:

    Hello again, Jamie ..

    Yes, such buildings are imbued with the metaphysical .. and I, too, imagine those mediaeval masons and labourers whose beautiful works we look upon now. What great satisfaction those who survived to see the completed building must have felt! How surprised they would have been to know how much their efforts and labours have been appreciated for generation after generation.

    We look upon their works and hope. 🙂

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