The rock star cast in marble,
torso taut and biceps pumped
abdominals rippling, arms intact,
limbs not yet decapitated by time.
Genitalia ambiguously rounded
and unthreatening atop sturdy thighs;
hip confidently cocked like
Michelangelo’s boy David;
bare feet planted to a plinth
that announces nothing but
the presence of an Olympiad
demi-God of the modern arena.
(He himself prefers The Winged Victory that
he saw in the Louvre, Nike of Samothrace
headless, her back arched to the heavens
wings poised dramatically, anticipating flight).
Byzantine in stature, his silence
speaks unwritten volumes -
an iconoclastic warning to
challengers, his form fills the room
and inspires gasps of awe, wonder
devotion and puzzlement, transcending
myth and concept to become a reality
in ways the real rock star never could.