Morgan Michaels


The Ideal City


Consider this marvel of Renaissance wit:
The Ideal City, by Lucian Laurana-
See how the canny master contrived in it
To lead the eye along the polished piazza
Back to a single point on the far horizon
By dint of planes, formed ny the great arcades
Of noble pallazi, their window-lit facades
Tinted shades of gold and green and dun;
At center fore, a temple, double tiered
Whose coffered, greatly-pedimented doors
Are gained by a shallow flight of marble stairs;
All around, the whole is pillastered
By half-coluns crowned by leafy capitals
While over the roof, so gently conical,
Capped with a charming, fluted filial
Is heaven's azure dome, sub-tending all;
The fore-ground, too, is decked with well-wrought wells
Calyced alike with steps octagonal.
No pollution, smog or plastic waste
Mars the sheer perfection of the place
All is open, peaceful, clean and clear
With Harmony and Truth presiding there.

But, world-acquainted traveller, take note
In the houses and streets no human can be seen!
Could the great Laurana have forgot
Or did he decline to limn one in?
The palaces, the fountains and the square
Unpeopled, quite, as daydreams sometimes are
Bask in a holy silence still unbroken
By racous laugh or flimsey promise spoken.
No despoiling image of a man!
Painter's irony? Mere poet's spleen?
Or is it, must it, be so then,
That the Ideal City's the city without men?

Submitted: Friday, February 24, 2012

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

What do you think this poem is about?



Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (The Ideal City by Morgan Michaels )

Enter the verification code :

  • Rookie - 19 Points R. G. Bell (2/25/2012 11:17:00 AM)

    Morgan,

    You seem to have a very dim view of your fellow man. That quality should be admired whenever found. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 623 Points Dave Walker (2/24/2012 3:47:00 PM)

    A really great poem, like it, a great write.
    May i invite you to read my new poem called,
    Past Life. (Report) Reply

Read all 2 comments »

PoemHunter.com Updates

New Poems

  1. Polluted, Edward Kofi Louis
  2. Rolling In The Mud, Margaret Alice Second
  3. My Roving Art, Julian Mann
  4. Great Is Your Faithfulness, Edward Kofi Louis
  5. Last Requests, Peter Jay Shippy
  6. I Read, Aparna Chatterjee
  7. My Ragged Company, Peter Jay Shippy
  8. To Kiss What You Love, Edward Kofi Louis
  9. Beauty of words....., Anupa Subramanian
  10. The Strangers, Peter Jay Shippy

Poem of the Day

poet Robert William Service

Just Home and Love! the words are small
Four little letters unto each;
And yet you will not find in all
The wide and gracious range of speech
Two more so tenderly complete:
...... Read complete »

 

Modern Poem

poet Paul Muldoon

 

Trending Poems

  1. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  2. Invictus, William Ernest Henley
  3. All the World's a Stage, William Shakespeare
  4. Daffodils, William Wordsworth
  5. Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou
  6. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
  7. In Flanders Field, John McCrae
  8. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, Robert Frost
  9. Nothing Gold Can Stay, Robert Frost
  10. Home And Love, Robert William Service

Trending Poets

[Hata Bildir]