Ohrmazd – A Repost for Palmyra

Once this sand and wilderness
were gardens, where we greeted
mighty Cambyses

glittering dancers whirled
as your priests
filled our cups
with liquid glory.

‘til Macedonian javelins
rained down and the runners
brought the dread
from the River Granicus

You stood silently winged one
through the millennia 
your illuminated manuscripts
used for wrapping halal meats

no longer God, now art
treasured by the children
of Darius, of Xerxes
by the sons of Alexander

until the coming
of the new Luddites
smashing you with hammers
as if you were a loom.


Today it was reported that ISIS has begun the destruction of Palmyra





About toritto

I was born during year four of the reign of Emperor Tiberius Claudius on the outskirts of the empire in Brooklyn. I married my high school sweetheart, the girl I took to the prom and we were together for forty years until her passing in 2004. We had four kids together and buried two together. I had a successful career in Corporate America (never got rich but made a living) and traveled the world. I am currently retired in the Tampa Bay metro area and live alone. One of my daughters is close by and one within a morning’s drive. They call their pops everyday. I try to write poetry (not very well), and about family. Occasionally I will try a historical piece relating to politics. :-)
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4 Responses to Ohrmazd – A Repost for Palmyra

  1. beetleypete says:

    A timely and poignant piece indeed Frank.
    Best wishes, Pete.


  2. jfwknifton says:

    Thanks very much for this post.


  3. sojourner says:

    Pretty soon there won’t be much left of anything! We have allowed the lunatics to be in charge for too long, and it might just be too late to bail?


  4. jmsabbagh says:

    When l visited my sister in Mosul in late 1980s l saw all these statues.What a shame .Its a human tragedy to see fanatic jihadist defy the whole world.and the UN is silent. J.M


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