(Notre Dame)


Cathedrals built to music over time

So relate certain Victorians

Now music while the cathedral’s coming down


Challenging the fire


A story goes that Camelot arose

To Merlin’s music

There’s Aslan singing so that

Narnia can come to life

And did not the utterance of Christ

Make all worlds


They watch and listen to

The fire

There is heat to feel

Ash to smell

And the taste of ruination


There is more as music

Cups the feeling of the tears

And gives, unbidden, thought to soul

Vive la France

Vive l’homme


C L Couch



(c.f. first part of Hebrews 3, Christian New Testament)