St. Anthony’s Basilica
Only in the stone churches of Italy
in Padova perhaps, do children stay young
joyful in stone white faces plastered
near heaven in the church dome.
The gold shimmers like an evening lake
Blue, red and white, diamond pictures of the sun
set against a focal point blue sky
makes the crucifix with gold spirals
reach to me.
Around the rubbed skeleton of the dome
pillars are where the stone angels play, and
when the bells toll, they are laughing.