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Sightseeing in Nantes
Charles Strietelmeier (bio)

The scaffold's up
For the cathedral -
This time restoration,
Of the building anyway.

Block by block
Fresh stonework quarried from
The bones of France
Has more than half replaced
These stained and wearied pieces.

The new-cut stuff is sharp,
But lacking certain details.
Here, in these crumbling interstices -
Moldering saints almost erased
By centuries of hostile weather;
All the new stuff, blank.
So were fresh saints too costly,
Or passed over as
Unnecessary?

 

 

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