Notre Dame

Notre Dame Cathedral is more than a religious building. It’s more than an architectural wonder. More than Catholics and architects are crying today.

It’s a great thing that people toiled to build, people long since gone who left this magnificent creation. And together people determined to see it survive, improbably, down though the ages.

But it won’t survive our age.


When I die,

take my ashes where you think I'll like them.

Give me a good surprise.

But before you head out,

read "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry" (1881) out loud,

then play Louis Armstrong's "La Vie En Rose."

Think on them for a spell,

then depart into the day.