Stone

The sign on the corner reads

“grounds closed after 9 for your protection”

which confuses me greatly because

I can’t imagine what

late-night lurkers threaten here

and trying to picture the enforcing of such

I glance up at the great stone chimney and

picture nuns snapping threats at asylum seekers

through a tiny door flap like the guard at the gates of Oz

and shooing bums with brooms

out of the cold stone church corners

returning to their hearth in false piety

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