ST MICHAEL AND THE DEVIL












When I return to my hometown of Coventry I always visit the Cathedral. I find it uplifting, a beautiful building celebrating peace, rising from the ashes of the bombed out Cathedral, its ruins reflected in the magnificent glass wall of Angels and Saints. I always pause to gaze in awe at Epstein's St Michael and the Devil, illustrated here in a photograph by Chris Knight. 


ST MICHAEL AND THE DEVIL


Archangel, Saint, I 

have come to know you 

as blessed Michael, a little 

casual for a mighty warrior, 

protector of all who call

your name, wrapping

winged cloak around 

unguarded human frames. 


I find you in hidden churches,

in silent Spanish squares,

no longer surprised 

by rubied glass devotion,

in roadside crypts garlanded

with faded plastic rose,

on a postcard bedside in

homage to Epstein’s vision.


Michael in victory, speared 

warrior embrace, proud browed, 

mournful smile, eyes saddened by 

necessity of devil’s defeat, 

feathered wing strength,

defined bronzed grace,

protecting the Cathedral

raised from ashes in peace. 




© 2018 Jacqueline Knight Cotterill.  All rights reserved. 


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