after Nathan Coley
Written in response to ‘The Lamp of Sacrifice’ by Nathan Coley, exhibited in the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (seen 10/4/2017).
There were 286 places of worship
in the 2004 Edinburgh Yellow Pages
that Nathan Coley built with cardboard
standing, at tallest, three feet high,
A child got on hands and knees
to look in the open window of St Cuthberts
and ask if there were people inside.
But all their lamps were unlit
and a thousand rams with rivers of olive oil
were unheard before the exalted God.
Cardboard burns at 800 degrees.
lo, they were found on that day