Tuesday, 01 September 2009

   

 

AT AYA SOFIA

    [January 2002]

         

    Today itís snowing, snowing
    In Istanbul,
    Stamboul, Constantinople,
    New Rome, Byzantium.
    The city has mislaid its Jews
    And most of its Greeks.
    The bones of its Armenians
    Are long scattered.
    Somewhere far to the north
    Potemkinís ghost
    Dreams of imperial conquest.
    There is a noise outside
    Like someone impatient riding a horse,
    Thundering at the bronze
    Of the royal door
    That should be closed
    And is open.
    Upon the dome
    A huge weight
    Of fallen snow.

  

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