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Alí Calderón - CONSTANTINOPLE [Church of the Holy Savior in Chora]
[Church of the Holy Savior in Chora] Edirnekapi 4th Century a Byzantine church Outside the walls of Theodosius are only dust ruined foundations My elderly grandfather would always go to the Lady of Our Carmen at eleven Did he receive communion? Only hear mass? The light of the stained glass windows falls on the frescoes: it’s Jesus multiplying the bread there are some fish also empty baskets Someone next to me says “God” but in the narthex only the echo is heard beneath the indifference of a Christ Pantocrator Time has worn down the glass miniature mosaics Where the Baptist stood a layer of sand and mortar shows through The wall was gold and lapis lazuli now the tar hidden fifteen centuries ago behind images of apostles and saints is lord and master of the parecclesion. Plaster and limestone outline dark Greek symbols: come to me you heavy laden read the faint almost invisible inscriptions The cracks The vaults above the healing of the paralytic flake off The brick the stone That’s when these closing lines come to mind: My father answered – “that’s just décor; the sculpture is you” – and he pointed to my chest.
Translation: Jeremy Paden
გამოხატეთ თქვენი აზრი მოცემული ლექსის შესახებ კომენტარის სახით!..