Stained Glass

1 Aug

By Ludwig Schneider (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0 ( or GFDL (], via Wikimedia Commons

By Ludwig Schneider (Own work). Used with Creative Commons permissions.

For Bren

In Chartres, as the Germans marched in,

The French dismantled and hid the great cathedral windows.

Refusing to surrender beauty to the battle.

Not French nor Catholic

I lay claim to the story nonetheless, and whisper it to your sleepless night

as the footsteps of another enemy echo in your ears.

One summer, in the glow of Chartres’ stained glass,

I lit a candle, said an unclaimed prayer

that tonight, I know was for you.

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