Medieval Churches in an Old Roman Town

once we fell to the ground

and worshiped

transmuted creatures

the mermaid harp-serenading

a griffin and his dragon


links in this chain forged

by historians and mythmakers

we politely admire

duly signposted rubble

in a city that sold its stained glass

waiting on summer rivers

of temporarily willing



Last Friday afternoon, I took a stroll through the town of Boppard (on the Rhine River)…I am still puzzling over the frescoes of mythical creatures inside St. Severus church. And dear Jenifer, I borrowed a phrase or two from your lovely poem.

I'd be so happy to hear from you.

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