Savonarola, Prior of St Marks,
expelled the Medici in 1494, proclaiming
Christ king of
his political executive, his people drunk
fanatic passion. In just four years—
the term of a
morning-after evidence of their excess, and found
heresies enough to roast him in the same piazza
short a time before they burned their pagan books,
where we sit now and drink our Pinot Grigiot
slightly charred, too late to save
Savonarola, too late to join or reason with the mob
welcomed back the devil they knew best,
the Medici and their motto: Semper, always.
Fourth of five poems in the sequence Postcards from Florence.
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