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Experiment 9

Urban Cemetery

Urban Cemetery

Cherub congealed in time, of piety
And cobwebbed concrete upon urban ground
The deep dead save from weightier masonry,
Your lips still pursed towards the trump or shout
To rip the silk of midday suddenly
And break the cardboard city back to dirt,

Wearing the face a monumental mason
With good intentions gave you, angel, pray
Without surprise, in love or indignation
For these now walking on the buried caves
No sun makes whole, who seek a brief salvation
From anger's minotaur in outer day,

Who through the twisted streets have quickly come
To talk of love, each other, for an hour,
Then hurry back towards their labyrinth home
With all love's lunch hours ended, yet who now
Still wear blind eyes to their mischancing time
Or amid graves in muscled anguish cower
From present death, angelic certainty.