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Arabic still spoken in Andalusian villages after 400 years of the inquisition,
Muslim houses in Bosnian villages,
with crosses on display, despite the threat of apostasy.

"And slay them wherever ye find them."

Morning fresh as one –
the Buddha knew –
the flowers of the valley
the grasses of the plain
shine with the unbidden light of heaven,
nothing remains the same.

The future aligned with heavenly ways,
a words to the wise
look at their graves.

And on inauspicious days,
with no quarter offered, nor taken:
Riot, lobby, accuse, condemn,
the faithful seek the blood of men.

Shake off these shades of numerology
live with angels
die as men.....



The speech of angels ►


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John Marks

Thu 9th Jul 2020 00:22

Hi Nicola. Thank you for liking the poem. Apostasy is a word not often used these days, the formal definition follows. It is most often used now to describe the view held by some that anybody who leaves a particular religion is worthy of death.

Apostasy (/əˈpɒstəsi/; Greek: ἀποστασία ápostasía, "a defection or revolt") is the formal disaffiliation from, abandonment of, or renunciation of a religion by a person. It can also be defined within the broader context of embracing an opinion that is contrary to one's previous religious beliefs.

Nicola Beckett

Wed 8th Jul 2020 23:55

There's only one word I don't understand apostasy???

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Cynthia Buell Thomas

Wed 8th Jul 2020 11:02

John, I was considering that very comment only recently, although I had forgotten the author.Thanks.

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John Marks

Sun 5th Jul 2020 14:53

You have ample understanding Cynthia. Take my word. Thanks are due to you, Cathy and Abdul.

Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood. T'S Eliot

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Cynthia Buell Thomas

Sun 5th Jul 2020 13:32

I'm not sure I have either the background or the ability to fully appreciate this work, but it sure is thought provoking.

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