in front of Chartres Cathedral
So much life can be seen here.
Just as on a painted stage set
the world can be seen; and just as the hero
performs against this backdrop,
so here in the darkness of this portal
unfolds an eternal drama.
It is as endless and everywhere as a Father God
who wondrously transforms himself
into a Son, whose role is divided up
in many little walk-on parts,
all drawn from misery's repertoire.
For, as we know, it is only from among
the blind, the outcast, the demented,
that, as a single actor, the Savior comes forth.