San Francisco 7/7/17

A Poem By Hannah D. // 7/10/2017

In Echoing Halls
What is this room, replete with crucifixions,
Nativities, a dozen "Madonna-and-Child"'s?
The Renaissance. Who else shows Roman soldiers
In full knight's armor, Mary in Italian gown?
But note that sparkling reflection -
The gilded Bethlehem Star
Echoed in gilt embroidered dresses
And haloes framing faces, eyes cast down,
Or else lifted with hands towards heaven's heights.

Here's a silver cross in three dimensions.
And there a sculpture of St. Paul in wood.
What of this blue trinket box - any meaning?
Ah - "contains remnants of St. Bartholomew."

What distant time! So steeped in holy subjects
Intertwined with what was modern - then.

The Grecian Woman
There she sits, looking as if
She were alive. Feet stretched out, reclining
"On a rock," according to display card.
The rock is hidden
By loosely fitted robes that drape her
As she reclines.

Her thick hair lifted up, with her chin.
Her gaze set looking afar.
She seems
Pleasant enough. But what
Is she looking at?

The sea. She's sitting on a rock, after all.
A Hellenic stone washed by the tides
Of the dancing Mediterranean
Guarded by Pillars of Hercules
And dotted by long merchant ships
Set in motion by a single sail and lines
Of rowing men.
What wonders they could bring! From Egypt or Tunis,
The Italian Peninsula, or a window
Of the Far East?
There she reclines. There she gazes.
Upon Mediterranean waters.

Perhaps it is a court. Her countenance
Is stately enough. She sits and surveys all
That bustles around her. Reclined, hair swept up,
Gaze high and serene - she is a sculpture.
Too languid to pose as caryatid, she exists to symbolize
The wealth and refinement
Of whoever then ruled all.

Three thousand years later
And here she sits.
Gazing at what?
The past whispers no secrets.
Grey, somewhat porous
Textured by the years -
The Grecian woman reclines on a rock
And gazes.

Comments

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This is amazing, Hannah! I kept thinking of Shakespeare's sonnets while reading this; I think because of your style. Well done! I love your poetry posts. :)

Damaris Ann | Tue, 07/11/2017

"It is the small temptations which undermine integrity unless we watch and pray and never think them too trivial to be resisted."
-Luisa May Alcott

You're always so kind,

You're always so kind, Damari! Thank you so much. <3

Hannah D. | Wed, 07/12/2017

"Reason itself is a matter of faith. It is an act of faith to assert that our thoughts have any relation to reality at all." - G. K. Chesterton

Really enjoyed reading this

Really enjoyed reading this poem! it flowed well and the descriptions painted a clear, colorful picture in my mind as I read.

Libby | Sun, 07/16/2017

"Evening news is where they begin with 'Good evening,' and then proceed to tell you why it isn’t."

Thank you, Libby! I'm so glad

Thank you, Libby! I'm so glad you enjoyed these. :)

Hannah D. | Tue, 07/18/2017

"Reason itself is a matter of faith. It is an act of faith to assert that our thoughts have any relation to reality at all." - G. K. Chesterton

Wow, thank you for taking me

Wow, thank you for taking me with you on this beautiful adventure! How very elaborate the whole scene that you describe feels! I love it!!! I especially love the Grecian Woman!!! Well done!

Kassady | Wed, 07/26/2017

"Here's looking at you, Kid"
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Write On!

Thank you so much, Kassady! :

Thank you so much, Kassady! : )

Hannah D. | Wed, 07/26/2017

"Reason itself is a matter of faith. It is an act of faith to assert that our thoughts have any relation to reality at all." - G. K. Chesterton

I read this earlier and I

I read this earlier and I wanted to tell you that your In Echoing Halls is absolutely my favorite ;) San Francisco IS an adventure! I loved it so much when I went and I'm so happy to have seen my seen excitement and wonder in these beautiful poems!

Madalyn Clare | Wed, 07/26/2017

"To live is to love with the passion of a thousand stars. To love is to live despite the pain of a thousand scars. Anything in between is a passing shadow." ~Michael Joseph Murano

This

So steeped in holy subjects
Intertwined with what was modern - then.

Loveliness :) Wonderful imagery and flow!

Brighid | Wed, 07/26/2017

When I worship, I would rather my heart be without words than my words be without heart.