Palmyra: A Poem

September 9, 2015 at 6:32 pm (Commentary, Geopolitics and International Relations, News, Poetry) (, , , , , , )

Palmyra: A Poem

Once known as the Pearl of the Desert
it has now become a pearl of great price
and that price is blood.

Its name Palmyra means City of Palms
after those lovely beautiful trees that provide food, sustenance and shade to humanity
now palms covered in blood
raise their fists in fury
fists carrying 5 Fingers of Death.

Palmyra was an oasis 130 miles north-east of Damascus
now no longer an oasis of life
but a citadel of death.

The sands of the desert turn red with blood
and the blue of the sky
retreats to the darkness of night
The greenery that once was Palmyra
overshadowed by the blackness of hate.

-A poem written by Christopher
Monday August 24th 2015.



  1. Hyperion said,

    Very well done, Chris. The true art of the artist. I’m reminded of the Satyr poet’s declaration in Hyperion by Dan Simmons. “Poets are the bullets in truth’s bandolier.” The fingers of the black hand crawl over the land of mankind’s birth and slowly erases the evidence of our long quest to find and express our Humanity leaving only the evidence of our unworthiness.

  2. Nicholas C. Rossis said,

    Pan can’t be far from Palmyra…

  3. doesitevenmatter3 said,

    The visuals and emotions in this poem are so vivid and powerful, Chris! I found myself holding my breath. Wow.
    HUGS and hope your day was a good one! 🙂

  4. Sherrie de Valeria said,

    This is quite a dark writing, Chris. Almost as scary as my clown’s story.
    Something creepy about it, to know that land like Palmyra vanished within a short time, leaving the blood and then nothingness … but what lies there was the darkest past of murders and pain … Haunting …

    • Dracul Van Helsing said,

      Thanks, Sherrie.

      Yes it is a very dark poem sadly reflecting the dark reality that is the state of ISIS-controlled Palmyra today.

      • Sherrie de Valeria said,

        Evil comes in many form. And when the demons come, then they come ALWAYS in Legion. They are never that alone – always an army … Corrupted … creatures … 😦

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        Yes, like the poor soul in the Gospel, when Christ asked the possessing source its name, it answered, “Legion. For we are many.”

      • Sherrie de Valeria said,

        Exactly. That poor man got possessed for far too long that he almost died in the hot desert, I think.

        There was a boy here in this town was possessed for two long years. Heard his screams sometimes when we passed by his house. They lived in a farm at the end of the river and that is where we always had a walk because it is the only way to go up to the hills of the west. We saw the church’s vehicle there and we heard the story that the boy said (or the demons who possesed him) that they are Legions … To speak of this frightens me. Possession is real and so are demons … :/

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        Yes, demon possession is a terrifying frightening reality. :/

      • Sherrie de Valeria said,

        You know, when the first time I saw the Exorcist film, I was frightened to the very core of my whole body and soul. My goodness! That was hell as bloody scary movie based on a real case.

        Later, I saw the film on the Exorcism of Emily Rose. I think, I did told you on that, right? For weeks I can’t sleep and I saw stars moving outside my windows … that was freaking frightening … 😛

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        Yes, I saw The Exorcist which was really scary.

        I haven’t seen The Exorcism of Emily Rose yet.

        A friend of mine who lives in Delhi, India (his daughter is my goddaughter) saw Exorcism of Emily Rose and said it scared the living daylights out of him.

      • Sherrie de Valeria said,

        There was this journalist, who went to watch that film when it was on premiere. On the opening day it was full and he was invited to go there as it is his job to do reports on all new coming movies or tv series. When I read the part where he told the readers that the film on Emily Rose has deep effect on him that he haven’t sleep for weeks long after that, as if something dark had gripped him whole – that never happened to him before. And it is as frightening as the Exorcist film. I guess, it is because for one thing that it was based on a true case.

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        Yes, the fact that it’s based on reality makes it even more terrifying.

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