Inspired by The Celestial Phenomenon Over Nuremberg, 1561.
From the collection Blood dimension & other poems (2021).
then came forth the usurpers,
creeping across celestial tapestries
weaving malice, sulking with cosmic
calling forth thunder, lighting,
other radiant technologies, artistry,
deftly swaying by, this way and
rushing ‘round with brilliance;
one hundred gods or more,
defeating aetherial enemies like mere
bending matter and rigid dimensions;
scores of allies falling, perished—
what terrible beauty comes from this
then smiles the sun, comes the eve,
darks the strange deep light.