Avaloniad, 1: Landscaper's Analysis

[after Mark 15:52]


I thought the tomb would look too ordinary
without the usual classic statuary---
the kind we favor in Tiberias.
My customer, however, wanted plain
appearances, there, with no artifice.
(The decorations pagans often use
mean nothing, customarily, to Jews.)
But payment gives the patron rights to choose
his own landscape, and structure, and design
of edifice---the details that define
his vision.  Joseph, an anomaly---
an honest counselor, here---does not feign
artistic talent.  But, with mystery,
his planted garden, lovely as can be,
impresses.  Right there, in that central space,
the sepulcher will have a privileged place.



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