Post-modern Ozymandias


a foreign film 
backdrop in his own life 
he sits upon a wrought iron chair 
glossy and blue 
recently painted 
like the unstable café table 
where his coffee grows cold 
teetering like a child 
taking its first steps 

across the street 
a grey-clad cathedral spire 
breaks through the sky 
ambitiously stretching 
beyond 19th century brick 
and sandstone 
scaffolding frames 
cage the silver peak 
in a fossilized skeleton 

beneath it all 
in a courtyard of pine needles 
and broken cobblestone 
the concrete statue 
of an amorphous white Jesus 
spreads featherless wings 
drawing shadows 
over a dried-out 
rust-stained fountain 

© Christopher Raine