(Seen in Rome)
There is in Rome at the Sistine,
covered with Christian emblems,
a little scarlet skullcap in which
ancient noses lie drying:
noses of Thebaid ascetics,
noses of canons of the Holy Grail,
in which leaded-hued night coagulated,
and the old sepulchral plainchant.
In their mystic desiccation every morning
there is poured schimatic filth
reduced to a fine powder.