Nine views of Wells Cathedral

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in copper light
Wells Cathedral
is a palace
made of iron

at noon
a bell clangs
dispersing
a cloud of birds

2

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rounding the corner
the cathedral
becomes unreal

contours sharpen
verticals warp

a dog’s bark
scuffs the silence

3

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during winter
the building
takes on the properties
of ice

4

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he photographs the cloister

that evening
looking at his work
he can’t see history or ghosts

so he fixes the picture

5

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the minotaur
in this labyrinth
is invisible
ethereal

it gorges
on muttered words
mumbled songs

6

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please remove your hat

elsewhere in the cathedral
a baby’s screaming
its head off

fear Christ in His meekness

7

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the nave of Wells Cathedral
never looks
like this

the photos you took
were humdrum
washed out

and people kept getting
in the way

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stand back
look around

a green
a cathedral

an observer
a camera

alchemy of light
and lenses

9

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later
in a dark room
a dream remembered
a memory dreamt

—–

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