The Inquisition

1633: Galileo Galilei was put on trial

for saying that the Earth revolves around

the Sun. We are not the center.

They knew better than God who seems

to have been the one who planned it.


[ Back in April 1633, Galileo agreed to plead guilty and was sentenced to an unlimited period of house arrest in his home in Florence for this offense. He gradually went blind and stopped looking to the heavens. It took until 1992 for the Catholic Church to formally admit that Galileo’s views on the solar system are correct. ]

Love’s Offices

We wander the building, looking at signs,

hoping somehow to find the right one.

But what do we know? We’re lost.

These monastic, austere, lonely offices hold someone

waiting for us. The door unlocked. Enter!


(This poem recalls two moments from¬†“Those Winter Sundays” by Robert Hayden, though much more literally than Hayden.)