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Ancient Breath

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Kamiros - an ancient town near the coast on Rhodes island, now a sizable archaeological site.

Ancient Breath

The wind blows high on Kamiros.
A cool, stone meeting place
above decaying bones, as some old map
etched on a quiet slope.  An eye-shot past,
the far off source of the delicious air
tracks to the azure blue, where yachts and birds
re-trace the age old pathways of the sea.

Above these skeletal remains
the air is merciless
in heat, from which these ribs and vertebrae,
when fleshed, once shaded men.  What mysteries
are hidden at the row of altar stones,
scattered metatarsals of a body
dissolved into unyielding, sub-baked earth?

Kamiros is dead?  Lizards play
and gather of the sun
such energy as saps the tourist’s pace.
Its’ ancient, silent tongue, still whispering
the eloquence of stirring memory,
defying death.  Not dead, nor yet asleep,
the breath of this old town flies with the wind.


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