The ruins of Nineveh

Those soaring metaphors drawn from the earth and sea,

Such rich biblical language of baptism and burial and birth,

Blossom and harvest, wise ones, holy fools, prophets.

From the lips of children we must learn that clinging to life

Is not sufficient: the worried well can very easily go to hell.


Smoke over Mosul. Mosul’s churches burning where once

The Jacobite heart of Christian belief was celebrated

Amongst the ruins of Nineveh, along the same paths

The Jews took their synagogue. The Prophet Zoroaster spoke

Only of love 3500 years ago.  Today Zoroaster’s  sons and daughters

Are buried all around Mosul. These Yezedi dead are a vestige

Of a different way: not 'people of the book', not sons of Abraham,

But children of the sun subject to slaughter from the death-cult

Whabbi-Salafist-devils come to satiate their blood lust and cruelty.


Trace the path (Daesh)  back to its (Whabbi) source:

This nest of vipers, squatting in the raging sands,

Fixed enemies of the enquiring mind, divorced

From common humanity's simple demand, to love

Your neighbour as yourself.

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John Marks

Wed 24th Apr 2019 15:26

Yes, Steve. For some, Newtonian science and empiricism are articles of faith. A determinedly limiting POV I think. Quantum Physics is a variety of magical thinking that I adhere to. There are others. I agree with you about the first stanza being the most finished. Sometimes I rush and the emotion becomes tangled up in the words. Maybe I should take the advice of that old Tory Wordsworth about poetry being emotion recollected in tranquillity. Or maybe not. Anyway, thanks for reading and commenting.

There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.
- Hamlet (1.5.167-8), Hamlet to Horatio

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