Gargoyle, from the French

gargouille, throat, gullet (dragon) from Latin gurgulio,

gar, “to swallow,” gurgling sound of water

from this grotesque spout conveying rainwater away

from walls and mortar, always turned away

from spire, prayers, hymns, smoke and fire.



Gargoyle, Notre Dame, Paris


The Hush

Hush of the library as a child.

Reverent hush in a place of worship.

Once, but no more, in a school.

Some say the hush descends, but here,

this cathedral of the forest, it ascends.