The first kouros grips a ram,
a weathered sacrifice.
His hair is tied with a Herculean knot.
Another was pulled from
the sea. Several from the mountain.
Upstairs, Aphrodite permanently
astride a dolphin, for now
in between lovers. The curator,
like all curators, is a collector.
The statues share a want
of being collected. Parts of statues
wait in a warehouse. They wait
as parts: legs, torsos, heads.
It is a process measured
in shovels of dirt.
They wait to be put together again.
One statue praises a dead hero,
thousands of others praise gods.
No matter. The curator remains
hungry for marble. The statues
need more time. The process
takes years. They will break
under the weight of what
it takes to find them.