26 September 2008

When Worlds Collide

From a post by Rocco Palmo-- the photo and caption come from that blog. I just love the caption-- Cardinals of the Church in front one of the most ghastly examples of modern Church architecture around.


Long-Skirts said...

Oakland's cathedral


They cancelled all color
Sanctuaries stripped
First Communions were duller.

No crinoline whites
Pale hues they stressed
Only pearled-Pharisees
Are ever so dressed.

Roses, carnations,
Flowers, all manners
Left just to wither
‘Gainst assertives’ beige banners.

Pillars of marble
Corinthian styles
They decided to paint
Like pink bathroom tiles.

Cassocks of red
Habits blue, white,
Robes of distinction
Extinct over night.

Missals with pages
Embossed in gloss-gold
Latin in tint
English-black, often bold.

Even the ribbons
To mark scriptural prayers
Were of green, yellow, silvers
So to keep us from errors.

The soft votive flames
The red opaque glass
Gave an aura of stillness
Like time could not pass.

Yet time it passed,
Vividness drained
And populations with out color
Cannot be sustained.

So those underground
With red blood in blue veins
Birthed knowledge, the arts
Great virtues they gained.

They did not decay-
God’s colors, kept green
For the day up above
Once again to be seen.

Except for those beige
Gray fertility fades
In their black open minds.


Katherine said...

The Church pictured, I beleive, is the one personally commissioned by Pope John Paul the Great as his gift to the people of Rome.

Long-Skirts said...


"The Church pictured, I beleive, is the one personally commissioned by Pope John Paul the Great..."

and a picture is worth a thousand words...may God have mercy on Pope John Paul II's soul.