Xavier Student Writes Poem Inspired by Trip to the Vatican

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Xavier Student Writes Poem Inspired by Trip to the Vatican

St. Peter’s Basilica’s Dome before sunset. Photo courtesy of Sienna Martinez ‘21 .

St. Peter’s Basilica’s Dome before sunset. Photo courtesy of Sienna Martinez ‘21 .

St. Peter’s Basilica’s Dome before sunset. Photo courtesy of Sienna Martinez ‘21 .

St. Peter’s Basilica’s Dome before sunset. Photo courtesy of Sienna Martinez ‘21 .

Sienna Martinez, Class Writer

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The Vatican, which is the center of the Roman Catholic church, is the smallest independent state and is also the living quarters for the Pope. Within the Vatican Museum, which contains the most important collection of sculptures and art, is  Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel. It is one of the most visited sights in Rome, attracting around five million people per year. I was extremely inspired and spiritually moved after attending the Vatican, and I felt influenced to write a poem. This unforgettable experience gave me a better understanding about the Catholic religion and the history behind the classical arts.

 

The Independent City

Written by: sophomore Sienna Martinez

nomadic kisses from all over the world

where cobblestone walkways are covered with vines

seraphims carved in radiant gold

where bitter hearts meet righteous alters

flesh filled with marble, songs in stone

inhaled aroma of incense lingers

an immaculate dome among the beauty of Rome

unearthly voice whispers everlasting hope

discarded cigarettes mashed in the creases of gum-speckled concrete

oh holy rain, washing the eyes of the innocent

fruitful trees of mandarin sway

where paintings glow in dim moonlight

luminous rays flood through untouched curtains

beauty that is seen through the eyes of the beholder

leaves a stain on the hearts of all people

the Independent City

 

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