Ekphrasis for Saint Michel Vanquishing Satan by Raphael



Fine-feathered, firm-breasted virile seraphim

Thrust forth thy lance of tiny girth

In preening piety prick the beast

Betwixt bat flaps; piercing spine supine

Stuff the hungry hell mouth full

With broken-winged wickedness

While sweet streams unsullied cleanse thy callow calves

Damnation trod into the abyss

Knee deep in diabolic derrière

Swirled with the sulphurous smog

Of lusting Lucifer’s musky demise.

© Copywright Sigmund Oakeshott, Florence 2016