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The George Grey Room
Stations of the Cross

In a medieval manuscript today
I saw the life of Christ

His entry into Jerusalem
washing the feet of the disciples

in a work of Spanish incunabula
I saw the conquistadores in South America

lopping noses off faces cutting hands
and feet burning and staking natives

in a missal completely worked in burnished
gold coloured with plant juices ochres

semi-precious lapis lazuli with blue
and red rubrics four line antiphonals

a full page miniature: THE CRUCIFIXION
the same page (verso) on vellum: GOD THE KING

 


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