Poetry: Outside The Burnt Out Notre Dame by Ian Copestick

I saw on the TV news, as they were reporting
From outside the burnt out Notre Dame
That it has stood there for 850 years.
All the way back to the 12th Century.
It really made me think, all of the changes
That have happened in that time, the cathedral
Stood there witnessing it all. If a building
Can be called a witness. Why not ?
From farmers on their horse and carts
To the horror that was Paris in the time
Of the black death. All of the way through the
Abattoir that was the French Revolution
When the streets ran red with blood
And the rats are better than any person.
Then two world wars and in 1940
When above Gay Paree  flew the flag
Of a swastika. Then the terrorist atrocities
Of the last decade that have shown us
How the world and warfare has changed.
I don’t really care about the religious
Importance, and old cathedrals aren’t really
My thing. Just the fact that it’s been there
Whilst so many people perish, makes
Me feel something, even if I’m not sure what.

Bio: Ian Lewis Copestick is a 46 year old writer from Stoke on Trent England.
Although he started writing poetry in 2001, he only started sending them out for publication 8 months ago. In this time he has had over 100 poems and 5 short stories published. He is featured in print anthologies by Alien Buddha Press and Horror Sleaze Trash.
His first book Detritus Of The Drunken Night is OUT NOW, published by Cajun Mutt Press.
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