Today it was reported that Iraqi troops have retaken the great antiquities museum in Mosul from ISIS fighters.  All of the priceless exhibits have been destroyed.

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 runners
brought dread
from the River Granicus

You stood silently winged one
through the millennia 
your illuminated manuscripts
once used for wrapping fish

now art. no longer god;
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.


Ancient Palmyra before the coming of ISIS.





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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7 Responses to Ohrmazd

  1. Lara/Trace says:

    Horrific news. Sad poetry.

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    • toritto says:

      Indeed Lara. There is some hope that certain priceless pieces were looted and sold on the black market for antiquities to wealthy men who want the piece for their entry halls.
      Let us hope,

      Regards from Florida.

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  2. beetleypete says:

    I remember seeing this on the news. They blew up huge statues somewhere else too. Mindless, and unforgivable.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Tragic, indeed! But your poem is amazing and most definitely does this tragedy, dare I say, justice? War only destroys and some of what it destroys cannot be rebuilt or reborn, sadly.


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