Alexandre L Amprimoz

Traces of Gothic Cathedrals

Church basements in Paris;
The hundred steeples of Rouen;

extensions of cathedral crypts;
and burial chambers below basilicas;

the Church of Saint-Ouen
(bones, Danse macabre,

and carcasses carved in stone)
in The Aitre Saint-Malcou.

I can no longer part Goths from ghosts
nor find a compass for compassion.

Human horror kept my eyes wide open.
Tell La Morena that I am right here,

that I kept silent, that I am beginning
to feel useful and happy

with the calm exaltation
I share with these roots.