SIXTY EIGHT WITH TURKISH DELIGHT (VISUAL POETRY)

TURKISH DELIGHT AT SIXTY EGHT

Ebb and flow of life:
Running, rumbling, warm spring water, cascades
into bluish crater-like lakes within lakes, overflow,
creates terraces, snowy calcareous curtains,
hangs from mountain tops to verdant valleys,
blissful sound and sight, with beaming faces.
a Cotton Palace viewed by angels from heaven.
The sun sets in the horizon, changing landscapes,
shape and luminosities, but the star stays same.
After short and long twilight, another year has passed.
Darkness soon devours the ancient city of Hierapolis,
Once so mighty and majestic, now in ruin and rubble,
Evil Eyes fail to protect ancient Ottoman, Roman, and Turkish
Empires; same destiny suffer by the West, Middle East or East.
The grandeur and folly of the Great and Famous, phaliic pillars
cause repeated miseries and injustices to serfs and ordinary folks.
Yet in decay and death, histories and museums promote
their perennial praises; dominants always have final say.
The sun rises and celebrates sixty-eight in hot air balloon.
A bottle of champagne and pendant to mark the occasion:
sensuous Turkish belly dances, sweet delight, Raki and wine,
licking non-dripping ice cream, laced with poppy and honey.
Ascending and feeling high, fly with pigeons in the valleys,
or hide in Kaymakil underground city, waddle within tunnels
among brethren; pickpocket Spoonmaker’s Diamond with harem;
join the crowd in Grand Bazaar or spice market, with beggars
and street vendors; cultural tour, rich and heavy, better fun
with glass of Efes, lamb kebab ,reading in scenic Bosphorous cruise.

sunset. Meaning of sunset and sunrise

sunset.
Meaning of sunset and sunrise

sunrise

sunrise

Cotton Palace, with lakes and terraces

Cotton Palace, with lakes and terraces

snowy calcaneus pillars and curtains

snowy calcaneus pillars and curtains

hotair balloon

hotair balloon

hot air balloon

hot air balloon

underground city with its narrow passages

underground city with its narrow passages

another underground church

another underground church

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6 thoughts on “SIXTY EIGHT WITH TURKISH DELIGHT (VISUAL POETRY)

  1. The Emu

    Your underground city and churches are fantastic, it appears they are carved out of sandstone.
    I enjoyed your writing, it seems to not only encompass your journey, but you seem to have captured the ancient world through modern eyes.
    Sad that when I was a boy, the mystical Middle Eastern world always fascinated me, and now the childish dreams are no more, yet you my friend have seen and written in words, a little of a past that I recall reading about as a child.
    Regards
    Emu

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    1. wonkywizard Post author

      Even up to now, I know little about Turkey, except some vague ideas on Troy, belly dances and harem. The tour is just an eye opener. Religious persecution occur in all ages. The under ground cities show what human beings are capable of doing under extreme conditions. Today many people are unaware that religion literally means repeated reflection.

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      1. The Emu

        I am unsure what you mean that Religion actually means repeated reflection.
        I have googled many definitions and cannot see how the words Repeated Reflection fit in.
        Regards
        Emu

      2. wonkywizard Post author

        Emu, please check the etymology of religion. Re means, repeated, again or start afresh; legere means read or connect; ligare means tied to a set of doctrine. So one is either repeated tied to a set of doctrine Or one reads afresh, the re-reading is a contemplation or reflection. One gets some insight into etymology of words, for English loans from everywhere. I did the same with Chinese, breaking up the radicals of the pictography of Chinese characters.

      3. The Emu

        Thanks for that clarification Wonkywizard, I need to go back and research it again to understand your interpretation, many thanks.
        Ian

      4. wonkywizard Post author

        Thanks Ian. It is indeed an interpretation or inference. To read and re read repeatedly and afresh is interpreted by me as reflection of ideas, thoughts.

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