Thomas More

I wrote this in New York at a visit to the Frick Collection. It’s based on the painting of Thomas More by Holbein.


Thomas More,

He turned to me,

Without a movement of his head;

“If silence gives consent”, said he,

“Then why be so weighed down with dread?”

For I may stare,

And I may brood,

These eyes intense with inward mood;

Yet, by Frick’s fountain’s cascade cool

I celebrate your soul, your all.

Thomas More,

He looked at me,

Without a movement of his head;

“My silence gives you full consent.”

So need a single word be said?

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