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Expat Poetry | Ghent by Dave Thomas

Expat Poetry | Ghent by Dave Thomas



shrouded in naked silence

Van Eyck’s Adoration of the Mystic Lamb

scarcely attracts a visitor

at the Museum of Fine Art


a mile away a heaving throng

gawps at leftover Christmas trinkets

purveyed from converted garden sheds

nestled between medieval churches


tourists step into these religious bulwarks

to gaze at a former world

oblivious to a faithful few

who gather seeking the divine



the masses instinctively congregate

and process fitfully through ware-laden streets

in a carnival without effigies or masks


Dave Thomas


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