DEATH IN PALMYRA

A poetic homage to Kahled al-Assad, the Syrian archaeologist, killed by ISIS militants in Palmyra.

Inspired by the destruction of parts of ancient Palmyra by ISIS, and the loss of Syria's identity and ancient history.

 

DEATH IN PALMYRA


 


Dream a palm garden oasis in a sunlit desert mirage


Imagine camel trains trailing silk road in their homage


Epic memories of Assyrian kings ruling an ancient world


A kingdom vision is set amongst Syrian empire unfurled


In Palmyra’s pearl eyes of paradise lies a great surprise


Beauty sculptured in Byzantium by Roman hands arise


In myth and in legend Venice of the Sands command


Desert breathes myriad grains upon just one cold hand


Tears of joy and wonder in hearts to see the silver stars


Amid the architectural fantasy of Palmyra’s royal tsars


After endless millennia of love, life, and history carved


Exquisite marbled facade cascading a fountain's shard


Black death hammers on the doors with vengeance call


Fear backs up against the cold texture of a mosaic wall


A jewel of archeology and undiscovered mysteries read


A man of loyalty, committed to his task bloodied dead


Heartless sword of Isis with no cause to mourn or moan


Beheaded in a stroke a corpse hung from dressed stone


Five decades of life’s true cause and working dedication


Lost in whispered hate and bloodied callous castigation


Symbol of god and terror distilled from its religious womb


Darkened shroud lies in death on Palmyra’s marble tomb


DEATH IN PALMYRA

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