Pi[e]ty

July 3, 2011

Michelangelo's Pieta

Hewn from Carraran flesh
washed by a winter sun
polished porous pity
a death given life, still
silicate smooth
contoured
MAnmade lines
carrying thought
comes to be
becomes
the subject
of an inanimate object.
A son’s cold flesh untouched
a mother’s hand slack stone
unsullied sorrow
in a natural face
devout hardness
flowing weight
obeying gravity’s pull
stubborn science;
a full heavy heart
compassion : submission
hymen hymn
a beautiful bloodless hole
his stigmata
his sacrifice
unseeing eyes
heaven’s angle uncrossed
hope sublime
slips
earthwards.

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15 Responses to “Pi[e]ty”

  1. Really enjoyed the weaving of layered meaning here…and the ending ‘hope sublime slips earthward’ is lovely and a reversal of the ascension…sacrifice…hmm

  2. Eva Von Pelt said

    Beautiful, Peter…love your description of heaviness. Compassion : submission …. wonderful! Nice job : ))

  3. Beautiful, gentle, powerful. Thanks for visiting me.

  4. switch said

    Your visual’s (and words, of course) are stunning. you create stories from nothing’s everything…..pow!

  5. siubhan said

    You had me at “Hewn from Carraran flesh…” 🙂 There is some really lovely wordplay in this, Peter.

  6. Beriowne said

    VERY well written…

  7. Your description of Michelangelo’s Pieta into the form of poetry is perfect. I enjoy looking at art through not only your eyes but your poetry as well. This is beautifully written, Peter. Thanks for sharing. ❤

  8. Lacrimosa…Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater echoing in my ears, bellissimo!

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