The churches there, built to emerge

from the blind corners and closed niches 

of the quarter’s alleys, 

were said to have been modeled 

on the trunks and shadows

and mysterious sounds 

of the forests of Gaul.

And the numerous tiny details

preserved in the ogival windows

and glowering brickwork of

the transepts and castles 

were to embody throughout

the city the prestige

it was one’s right to inherit

from an earlier, more ancient time.