Daily Prompt: From Above

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They stand statuesque at the doors

Motionless, fierce and domineering

Their garb, loosely wrapped

Inadequate for the weather

Yet they flinch not

But stare through the glass with wings furled

And harps clutched tight.

Have they arrived from above to this

Cathedral door, now shut against the elements?

To pass judgement on those of us within

At earthly voices raised, we think sublime

But which can bear

No comparison for their celestial tones.

Unsettled, cowed,

We move into the cathedral nave

And resuming our seats,

Ponder our inadequacies and our souls.

 

Angels West door Guildford Cathedral

John Hutton engraved these angels on the Great West Door.  I find the angels forbidding and eerie. What do you think?

 

Words and photo copyright Englepip©

 

 

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7 thoughts on “Daily Prompt: From Above

  1. Oh, they’re engravings! I thought they were sculptures. Yes, they do have an eerie quality to them, like a mix of Egyptian mummy, Christian angel, and human skeleton. I wonder if that was Burton’s aim, though I don’t know why. Perhaps it achieves the same effect as grand Catholic churches, designed to awe the visitor with their height, angles, windows, and shadows.

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