Poesy plus Polemics

princeton Princeton University
Photo by John Greim

cracks and desolate point-voids
in classically disciplined brickwork
would topple these obsolete chimneys
except for their tentative bindings of ivy
with roots in enlightened sectarian soils
now over-climbed grafted to secular
vine-stems producing a poor variegated
leaf weakened and straining with dint
of their self-imposed task to secure
this precarious crumbling masonry
standing profanely new cultural norms
to the merciless test of intelligent time

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