On Seeing the Statuettes of Ezekiel and Jeremiah in the Church of Notre Dame

Irving Layton


They have given you French names
and made you captive, my rugged
troublesome compatriots;
your splendid beards, are epicene,
plaster white
and your angers
unclothed with Palestinian hills quite lost
in this immense and ugly edifice.
You are bored—I see it—sultry prophets
with priests and nuns
(What coarse jokes must pass between you)
and with…
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