Saturday, July 07, 2012

Michael E. Stone: Grigor’s Name

The monastery is gone,
except for parts
cut out of bedrock.

A cistern,
deep and dark,
raised stone edge,
round mouth,
no cover now.

Crumbling white mosaic,
missing partly,
frames for designs
marked but empty.

Grigor left his name
in coloured stones,
at the cistern’s edge.

Hot, sun burns,
desert spreads below,
all the way to the Jordan
and the road to Jericho,
past Euthymius’ lavra
at the Red Khan.

May 2009, Jerusalem

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