Knights Templar

29 Dec

the arch-confraternity della misericordia 
is older than
the confraternity of flagellants
but I wonder:
who has more fun?

mosaic figure eight formed
by joining two equi-diametric circles
at the arch subtended by
a side of the inner square
has at the centre of one circle
a concentric circle of one third
the diameter, in which is
a four sided figure formed by 
reflecting inwards the four arches
subtended by its inner square.
and my eyes are drawn along curves and lines and find proportions
and ratios which must be intended to help while away the meditative
hours and Gregorian chanting practice and practise and fast days.
in the other circle is a similar
smaller concentric circle
containing a hexagon, which
could be made of six
equilateral triangles but, in
this case, is not

I think perhaps the warrior monks had more fun


Posted by on 29 December, 2012 in Uncategorized


3 responses to “Knights Templar

  1. John Stevens

    3 January, 2013 at 1:18 am

    This one interests me a lot, John. I know the Knight’s Templar church in London, and a tiny bit about their history. I’m wondering what might have been the inspiration for this poem. It’s very interesting as a poem too, and I like the longer length you’ve allowed yourself on this occasion.
    Quietly amusing conclusion too!

    • JdUb

      3 January, 2013 at 1:33 pm

      Thanks, John, the inspiration was a coffee table book of photos from Italian Telephone Directories, which included pictures from the establishments of the arch-confraternity and the confraternity, and several mosaics showing geometric patterns. fabulous book.

  2. gonecycling

    17 January, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    If I looked at the Situations Vacant page in my local paper and saw an ad for ‘Warrior Monk’, I’d be first in the queue. How could you not have fun as one of them?! Liked this poem very much: as intricate and mysterious as the devices themselves.


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