Lips Sealed

Lips Sealed

(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.

*Leon Dierx