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13 Ways to Look At a Stained Glass Window

I
Among millions of soggy raindrop pellets
The only rainbows
Were stained glass windows of Beadle Hall.

II
I was of twelve emotions
Like a church
In which there are twelve stained glass windows.

III
A stained glass window was opened for air
It welcomed a spring breeze.

IV
Man and Nature
Are enemies
Man and Nature and stained glass windows
Are enemies

V
I do not know which to enjoy
Words from academics
Or words from people
Stained glass shattered
Or whole

VI
Sleepy glances from students swept
Away from the light.
Flamboyant colors of stained glass
Rose and fell with the sun
The day
Dictated by the light
An unnoticed idea

VII
O coat of Joseph
Why do you reflect rainbows?
Do you not see how stained glass
Depicts the face
Of God?

VIII
I know all angles
And hypotenuses of triangles
But I know, too,
That stained glass is part
Of these equations too

IX
When stained glass was filthy with dust
It ended a spectrum
Of all colors

X
At sight of stained glass
Glimmering in sunlight
Even apathetic children
Would stand mesmerized

XI
She danced in a Great Hall
On a stage made of wood.
Once, energy had flooded her soul,
As she was inspired by
The intensity of the sun
Streaming through a stained glass window

XII
The grass is green
The stained glass must be broken

XIII
It was dusk all day
It was misting
And it was going mist
Windows of stained glass sat
Cradled in steel beams.

 
 

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