Treasure Island

Luc Leclaire

(July 15,1990 / Omaha)

Rome


O city of the sacred and profane,
Your domes glow gold in sunset's sweetest kiss,
Your bosoms swelling for the last refrain
Of the hymn that every soul will miss.

Your porous columns of the pagans' runes
Sheds shadows underneath urban candles
That glint upon the marble walls' festoons,
Naked without festivals' spangles.

O, city of the sacred and profane!
Heaven's around your every corner.
Sin, for greater virtue, you ordain,
Turning to laughter tears of the mourner.

Yours are the relics of past history,
The apocalypse's consistory.

Submitted: Sunday, July 20, 2014
Edited: Tuesday, July 29, 2014

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I lived in Rome. This is what it was for me.

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