Ice Age Temple: Gobekli Tepe (A Poem)

A Stone Column of Gobekli Tepe
A Stone Column of Gobekli Tepe

Ice Age Temple (Poem)*


While ice was still grinding

out the Alps and Greenland

was submerged under a

gigantic, oceanic glacier,

an ancient people built a

temple 12,000 years ago

in what is now known as

the southern part of Turkey.

Circular in shape, columns

rose out of the earth with

animals and humans dancing.

People, holding arms of

an arctic fox, danced in a

circle far below the distant

and very frozen mountains.

Black ravens flew around the

circle of columns squawking

with the sound of drumbeat.

Yes, they danced with wolves

howling at a bright moon and

with wild, ragged mountain sheep.

They danced with all the animals

whom they believed were the

gatekeepers to a Spirit World

where no ice dared to penetrate,

as fires lit up all those stone spires

depecting the great dance that

gave humans harmony and balance.


For further reading on Gobekli Tepe see

the June, 2011 issue of National Geographic.

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blondey 2 years ago

I like this. I don't know the history, lol I have a lot of reading to do!


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juneaukid 2 years ago from Denver, Colorado Author

Thanks blondey--go to the June 2011 issue of National Geographic. Cheers


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cam8510 2 years ago from Columbus, Georgia until the end of November 2016.

Wonderfully told history in a refreshing format. I love hearing about the world during the last great ice age.


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juneaukid 2 years ago from Denver, Colorado Author

Thanks for your comment--how we were during the Ice Age is indeed an intriguing subject.


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blondey 2 years ago

Thanks juneaukid! LOL!


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juneaukid 2 years ago from Denver, Colorado Author

You're more than welcome, blondey


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jhamann 2 years ago from Reno NV

Very well written poetry on a well researched subject. Thank you. Jamie


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juneaukid 2 years ago from Denver, Colorado Author

Thank you Jamie, I appreciate your comment.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 2 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and awesome. Thank you for this fascinating poetic journey. Enjoyed. Passing this on.


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juneaukid 2 years ago from Denver, Colorado Author

Thank you Gypsy Rose Lee and cheers!

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