October 27, 2003

Rendering of Scuplture Purchased by an Art Illiterate

Like Zeus he sits
    a horned devil
purchased off some piazza in Rome
holding some atavistic charm.

'Throw that away!'
she said, when I got back
'what pagan thing is that?
I’ll not have it in our home.'

It found a closet
my little Roman miscue
until one day I learned
that Michelangelo had sculpted Moses.

Now he hangs redemptively
on the bookroom wall
rescued from the closet's noisy indencies
looking mildly pissed off.

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