Interior Courtyard, Old Vigan Church

What vines peeled back
from the portico

What marriage of metal
on the rusted lamp post

What figures courting
sainthood in the shadows

What water pools
as verdigris in the font

What chorus of habits
hidden in the rafters

What panel pressed
into the flower of wood

What roots revive
beneath the ruins

What sediment of bones
falls on the grass as rain


In response to Via Negativa: Digger.


  1. I especially like the last two lines. Shiver!


  2. Courting, habits… You are clever, Ms. Luisa! I immediately went and looked up the history of the church in its various incarnations.


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