gershon hepner

(5 3 38 / leipzig)

craft, faith and narrative


Craft, faith and narrative all fuse,
creating medieval art;
if you add the inspiration of the muse
you get the Bible. À la carte,
it serves you narratives and laws and psalms
created with both faith and craft,
but ultimately it’s the muses’ charms
that turn the inspiration’s draft
into a record of encounters made
with God by people searching for
a destiny that they cannot evade
by writing, their esprit de corps.
Its manuscript is not illum-
inated, since it comes from ages
that though dark became the wonderwomb
whose generations are its pages.

Roberta Smith writes about the renovation of the medieval galleries in the Metropolitan Museum (“Illuminating the Dark Ages, ” NYT, December 5,2008) :
Of the three great artistic histories that extend for many centuries, and galleries, from the Great Hall at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Byzantine-Medieval epic is the most discreet. The Egyptian and the Greek and Roman wings are signaled by highly visible statues and tombs that start waving hello almost before you clear security. In contrast, the story of art starting in Bronze-Age Europe lies mostly out of sight in galleries that lie beside and behind the Grand Staircase…. As part of the Met’s original, central structure, the new Medieval Art gallery has always been a heavily trafficked intersection. It shouldn’t really work as a gallery of sacred art and yet it does. Its many small objects draw you close, away from the bustle, into a realm where craft, faith and narrative were


© 2008 Gershon Hepner 12/5/08

Submitted: Friday, December 05, 2008

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

What do you think this poem is about?



Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (craft, faith and narrative by gershon hepner )

Enter the verification code :

Read all 1 comments »

PoemHunter.com Updates

New Poems

  1. I am turning, Aftab Alam
  2. The Creator is beyond, Rm.Shanmugam Chettiar.
  3. Warmth (In Your Arms), Michael McParland
  4. That Old Man, Ananta Madhavan
  5. Awake and awake, gajanan mishra
  6. True-untrue, dr.k.g.balakrishnan kandangath
  7. You are see clearly, gajanan mishra
  8. a dramatic lover.., veeraiyah subbulakshmi
  9. under developed.., veeraiyah subbulakshmi
  10. Escape, Sandra Feldman

Poem of the Day

poet George Gordon Byron

It is the hour when from the boughs
The nightingale's high note is heard;
It is the hour -- when lover's vows
Seem sweet in every whisper'd word;
And gentle winds and waters near,
...... Read complete »

 

Modern Poem

poet May Swenson

 

Member Poem

Trending Poems

  1. Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night, Dylan Thomas
  2. Daffodils, William Wordsworth
  3. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  4. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
  5. Let Me Die A Youngman's Death, Roger McGough
  6. A Thing of Beauty (Endymion), John Keats
  7. Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou
  8. Annabel Lee, Edgar Allan Poe
  9. If, Rudyard Kipling
  10. All the World's a Stage, William Shakespeare

Trending Poets

[Hata Bildir]