Saxby Pridmore: Two Poems

A Taoist on Montserrat   The Massif of Montserrat—Eocene erosions and sediments form the conglomerate of Central Catalonia a “pudding stone” mountain range pushed up through crust fractures and riddled with rain made caves.   The ironstone Elephant’s Trunk and Dead Man’s Head have crannies for Pyrenean violets and honeysuckle. Channels of blackthorn, starflowers and holm-oak shade rosemary and thyme. The ibex scales and Bellini’s eagle soars.   A Taoist took the cable-car to the Basilica and climbed the narrow pilgrim thronged staircase to a throne room where the glassed-in Madonna and the boy on her lap were both black.…

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