The Veiled Nun

My "Veiled Nun" poem 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.

The eyes of the artist
unearthed me,
saw through

my maiden marble,
carved me out
of my cold stone,

set me here
for you who stares
at my white eyes

that hide behind this solid veil
that holds your sight
inside my maker’s hands.

©Charles Ghigna


  1. Charles, what a gorgeous sculpture, and a gorgeous poem. What a shame about the gallery closing!

  2. Thanks, Karen. Appreciate your hosting this week.