Bildungsroman

Pantheon

A    standing stone,
long and lone;
building blocks,
a slab on some rocks;
arc and pi:
a shadow lullaby.

The houses in precession:
an equinox propylon
for a promenade through the
Doric storied colonnade,
public square and gridded streets
below the balanced temples—

post and lintle,
rocks and sea

come to be:
buildings Roman.

Monolithic obelisk
arching triumphant–concrete
–veering into civil engineering:
a liberation from
rectilinear cells,
freed from gaol into the sprawl.

roam the dancehalls—
seven hills under
the starry dome.

*[ WSB ].