RDC Poetry Dec 29

In the offering below M. Doretta Cornell honors Frederick Franck, the creator of Pacem in Terris, a trans-religious independent outdoor sculpture garden & museum located in Warwick, NY. Many of his works can be found at http://www.frederickfranck.org/.   



     Pacem in Terris


         in memoriam Frederick Franck

            by M. Doretta Cornell, RDC



Perhaps we could have

peace on earth

if human beings were

such creatures as these,

formed lovingly of flat

black steel, touched

only lightly with eyes


or mouth, edges clearly set

or not, figures framed by

silhouette framing

silhouette until finally,

at a distance, the uncut

form is clear,

the red heart visible


through what's cut away.

The eye stills the mind,

shuts out all but search

and find: the one heart

and rest. The trees

stir in the breeze above

us, and there is silence.


The hush of stream over rock,

of unexpected sculpture

in a bush, square flat face,

rock adorned with seashells,

or red quartz, three large

marbles dulled like

cataracts on old eyes.


In the stream a fish

rears his head on a rock,

eyes and mouth open to sky

as they never could in life.

The stream flows brownly

around him. The sun glints

at last no his gold lamé body.