Lay for the Day28th
the Ottoman Turks occupying Athens surrender to a besieging Venetian army.
Two days earlier, disastrously, Venetian artillery had opened fire on
the Parthenon, which the Turks were using as a powder magazine, and the
2,000-year-old temple was badly damaged. The Parthenon was devoted to
the goddess of wisdom, Athena. Its name means the place of the virgin.
is brightness still
though hurt come winding,
is peace that once was rage.
No worm nor wardrobe dust
the flesh within the coat, close-binding
flesh: one lifetime and no age.
All barren colonnades, all
I walk with love. Tall
diamond hardens in my flaking bones.
No ruined place shall hold
though giants built to bird-call,
fall, and harm, and sky-sheared stones.
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