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Ice Age Temple: Gobekli Tepe (A Poem)

Updated on September 30, 2018
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Richard F. Fleck is author of several books of poetry but one of his favorite forms is Asian haiku which he uses to capture spirit of place.

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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© 2013 Richard Francis Fleck

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    • juneaukid profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Francis Fleck 

      4 years ago from Denver, Colorado

      Thank you Gypsy Rose Lee and cheers!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

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

    • juneaukid profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Francis Fleck 

      5 years ago from Denver, Colorado

      Thank you Jamie, I appreciate your comment.

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 

      5 years ago from Reno NV

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

    • juneaukid profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Francis Fleck 

      5 years ago from Denver, Colorado

      You're more than welcome, blondey

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      Blondey Hubpages 

      5 years ago

      Thanks juneaukid! LOL!

    • juneaukid profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Francis Fleck 

      5 years ago from Denver, Colorado

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

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      Chris Mills 

      5 years ago from Flagstaff, AZ

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

    • juneaukid profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Francis Fleck 

      5 years ago from Denver, Colorado

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

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      Blondey Hubpages 

      5 years ago

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

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