This week, millions saw the altar cross shining through the tragedy of Notre Dame cathedral…
Napoleon was crowned here, beneath this toppled spire,
Occupied France thanked God here for its liberation,
Two presidents, in death, lay here in tricolour attire.
Reduced now to its shell, this symbol of a nation
Emerges scorched and gutted from the wanton fire.
Desecrated by “The Terror”, and now sacked
Again by flames, Paris mourns its loss.
Miraculously, amidst the charred remains, intact
Emerges the enduring witness of a cross.