Alone in a church

a cough returning as an echo
in this cold medieval church

a thousand years of coughing
where despair is hanging
in the windows’ dust

a madonna who appears
to shut her ears and look away
is staring through your skull

thick grief in here for you
can cut it with a knife
sinking deeper down yourself

the outside world a murmur of the past
a thousand coughs come from the graves
are known and given comfort

Comments on: "Alone in a church" (6)

  1. A cough, such a powerful metaphor for the old church.

  2. This is superb, Ina…..those coughs echo always down the thousand years of musty silence…exactly how it feels to sit alone in an old church….

  3. Powerfully touching and metancholic

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