Crosses and Graffiti

I am fortunate to have seen
the remnants of antiquity
to wander
among its columns and statuary

Sifting through the detritus
I have breathed
the sobering moulder of dead sages
of lost and layered-over ages;

on wind-scorched mountains
turned blocks of fallen
naves and apses
long-forgotten

run chaffed fingers along
their crosses and graffiti
but often

because Someone Else’s pen
first piqued me
and planted a seed
in a good book’s pages

Ruins of a Byzantine chapel atop Hasan Dagh, Turkey (2002)

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To these authors; Paul the Apostle (Epistles), Dame Agatha Christie (Murder in Mesopotamia), William Dalrymple (From The Holy Mountain), Herodotus (“The Histories”), Jon Krakauer (Into Thin Air), John Julius Norwich (Byzantium), R.L. Stevenson (et.al.), Wilfred Thesiger (Arabian Sands), Alexis de Tocqueville (Journey to America), Thucydides (History of the Peloponnesian War), and still others — thank you for taking and sending me to so many places!

WT's Leica

Wilfried Thesiger’s Leica, taken with my Leica lens (cute, I know) — at Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, UAE

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