Amidst the gold and grandeur

And despite the constant buzz

From visitors

Who are meant to be respecting the silence

I found a prayerful moment

In the chapel of Our Lady

In the Basilica of San Marco, Venice


The icon of Mary

Was nestled under a succession

Of three arches

Giving it the feel

Of a grotto

Emphasising the separation

Of this space

From the buzzing throng

So the Holy Spirit

Could pour down her grace

Of this prayerful moment

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