Petra Reexamined

*NOUR* – Light of the Desert
Petra Reexamined
by Michael Doyle

There is an ancient city in which Nabataeans dwelt
That is more carved than could be thought of as built
This city of beauty and wonder is a World Heritage site
It belongs to all of humanity by our noble birthright

Carved as it is on a grand sense of scale
Sculptured into cliffside in the finest detail
I'm not really one bent toward scholastic lecture
But seldom does one find such architecture

Man created a beautiful flowing oasis there
With interconnecting aqueducts until the water disappeared
In an arid desert city transformed in ways astounding
To this day, the engineering is quite confounding

Luxury and exuberance made Nabataean life wonderful
As over 20,000 nomads settled finding life beautiful
Living life as through their vastly flung network of trade
There in a city of the sun where only man made the shade

Within a narrow canyon, the city was intricately built
Between trade routes and wadis, this city was dwelt
Protected by a narrow gorge for the people's safety
The perfection of this choice is a thing of great beauty

(c) November 21, 2020 Michael Doyle
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Wounds Let In the Light

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Wounds Let In the Light
by Michael Doyle

They say our wounds let in the light
I don't know if it's by experience or second light
But something about this notion is wound tight
And from what I have seen, perhaps they're right

The worst wound is taken in a moral injury
The type of forced wrong against immortality
That sears the soul in our fated mortality
And leaves many as dead as any other fatality

When the smoke clears at their war's end
There is sometimes little left of ourselves to defend
Having seen what we have, there's no going back again
To our better selves before our self-confessed sin

No longer are we as innocent as we once stood
Back when we believed we were born innately good
We would give almost anything to return if we could
But that we cannot is clearly and deeply understood

Life's river is never entered again quite the same
Once we have left that awkwardly innocent lane
They say we are not the ones to bear the shame
But guilt is guilt under any other comforting name

(c) November 19, 2020 Michael Doyle
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