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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
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Running away from the one that loves you until you can't and then losing it all
Wanting to be heard when no one will listen. Trying to be visible.
A dream, a longing, destroyed by reality
Always going after what you want even in the face of overwhelming odds
Believing in yourself no matter what, even in the face of overwhelming odds