Babylon….. - Poem by ROOP REKHA BHASKAR

Mother Uruq reclines.
Arteries blue, Euphrates and Tigris, running through her heart.
Like, two off springs, playing side by side.
Century’s bygone, now her children seem sad and juvenile
Like stranded tears on realm’s cheek;
Her hour glass flowed with rebellious blood,
Instead of the golden sands of time.

I rocked the cradle of Mesopotamia,
I held the roots of civilization;
Once proud I stood, holding laurels in hand.
Mankind! forget not- You learnt to read and write from my lap.
Yet now my frame aches to see, the irony;
My children have no books, no school to their name.

Pythagoras and Aristotle, You summed up well,
While I insignificantly gave birth to ratios and equations.
I delivered the hours, the minute, the days.
Swept the sky into 12 zodiacs.
Worked with math, manning the planets move.
I gave logic to constellations and Astronomy.
Now I am eclipsed by an exodus on my land,
Even the great Hammurabi couldn’t code the laws for crimes as this.

Sumerian, Babylonian, and Parthian - I shared my plate with thee;
A Roman, Afsharid, Ottoman were all greeted by me.
Kingdoms thrived with wealth, intellect and dignity.
Now my eyes more dry than the Tigris trickle.
As I see my children scatter the banks.

The Ishtar Gates broke, my Marduk Temple crumpled, my Lions all died.
My Garden, one of the 7 wonders, lay hanging beneath the sand and sea.
Do you remember Isaiah…..Jeremiah? The Prophecy….?
So like a phoenix I shall rise from the Shinar,
To take you once more from whence you came.

Topic(s) of this poem: historical

Poet's Notes about The Poem

this is relating to culture and history of Babylon (Iraq) Once a great kingdom. I'm a history student but corrections are welcome. thank you.

Comments about Babylon….. by ROOP REKHA BHASKAR

  • Valsa George (9/19/2015 12:21:00 AM)

    This is such a wonderful poem Rupa! You show your appearance rarely, but always with something up your sleeve to stun the readers! In our high school classes, we have studied so much about the Mesopotamian civilization and Babylon as one of the largest cities of the ancient world! But unfortunately it was conquered by many dynasties who led it to its downfall! Now what we know of Babylon is only as a place of the Hanging Gardens.. one of the wonders of the world! This poem brings to mind the history classes of our high school days! Though the glory is lost, we cannot forget the great contributions, this civilization has generously handed over to the word! The hope of resurgence is so comforting! Top marks and to my poems list! (Report) Reply

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  • Madathil Rajendran Nair (9/18/2015 11:20:00 AM)

    A stupendous write on an ancient civilization (10) . I am not much into history and, therefore, not in a position to contest the facts you have enumerated in your tribute (like the achievements in mathematics and astronomy) . The time I was physically closest to this historic place was in August 1990. I was then a POW of Saddam Hussein in a camp on the banks of the famous Euphrates when my fate hung upside down like the famous Hanging Gardens now in ruin. It was days of disastrous privations to the captives as well as the captors. Humankind is habitually bound to mar their own past although they don't lose any opportunity to gloat over efforts at conservation. (Report) Reply

    Roop Rekha Bhaskar (9/18/2015 11:43:00 PM)

    that is terrifying. You then actually came out of the gates of hell.

  • Kumarmani Mahakul (9/18/2015 6:33:00 AM)

    Read and knew the history of Babylon so nicely and vividly drafted. Stunning expession. Well presentation.Thanks for sharing. .....10 (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, September 18, 2015

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