The Veiled Nun


The eyes of the artist

unearthed you,

saw through


your maiden marble,

carved you out

of your cold stone,


set you here

for us who come

to see through your white eyes


that hide behind a solid veil

that holds our sight

inside your maker’s hands.



"The Veiled Nun" was inspired by the marble sculpture

of the same name by Giuseppe Croft (c. 1860)

that appears in the Corcoran Gallery, Washington, D.C.

and written during my summer residency at the Kennedy Center.



©Charles Ghigna

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