Posts tagged ‘mosque’

26/06/2012

Still Morning in Ioannina

 

The Pindos Mountains melt and fade

In morning haze across the lake.

On Ali Pasha’s flowered tomb

There lands a copper butterfly.

 

The crumbling stones which smell of sun

Are carved with verse from the Qur’an

And warm a lizard’s fretful skin.

It trembles as the air is still.

 

Before this rock became a Mosque,

Before this town became a town,

The mountains rose and shrank away,

The people came and built their graves.

 

The shadow of the minaret,

The silence of the fortress walls.

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