Ice Age Temple: Gobekli Tepe (A Poem)
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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