On Gargoyles

Written for:  Phoenix Rising, Destination:  Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral
Notre-Dame de Paris was among the first buildings in the world to use the flying buttress (arched exterior supports). Many small individually crafted statues were placed around the outside to serve as column supports and water spouts. Among these are the famous gargoyles, designed for water run-off, and chimeras. The statues were originally colored as was most of the exterior. The paint has worn off, but the gray stone was once covered with vivid colors.

Notre-Dame de Paris

Notre-Dame de Paris

Why sculpt ugly animals
just to rid a building
of water? Why not
an angel whose wings
would divert water
from walls of building,
even structures
of complexity,
like Notre Dame.
Since it was built
as a Catholic school,
angels would be preferable
to demons. Chimeras
make me shiver.


About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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