“The Hanging Gardens of King Sennacherib”


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The Hanging Gardens by Dutch artist, Heemskerck

The Hanging Gardens by Dutch artist, Heemskerck

“The Hanging Gardens of King Sennacherib”

Tell me if we are one, my heart’s desire.
I’ll move the earth, a plethora, amaze
where trees shall leap like overhanging fire.
forbidding my true love her homesick gaze.

I’ll build for you a fantasy, divine
where water flows upstream from Tigress shore.
Shaduf  from well of  mystic soul sublime
will quench the thirst for beauty you adore.

Where garden fragrance whispers as it blows:
A time for love’s beginning captured here
among majestic green and golden glow.
This mountain in a desert, tier by tier.

In Nineveh, a lover’s garden, true:

the longing leaves grow wistfully for you.

MVC-005SPhoto by Jacqueline Casey.

Babylon,  means “Gate of the Gods”.  A “plethora”,  refers to size in ancient times 400 feet long and 80 feet high.  Shaduf :  ancient method for transferring water to a higher level, still used today.  Pronunciation:  “shah-DOOF”.  Recent archaeologists found the fabled “Hanging Gardens” located about 350 miles  north of Babylon, in Nineveh (the home of King Sennacherib) and not King Nebuchadrezzar as earlier assumed.

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9 Comments on ““The Hanging Gardens of King Sennacherib””

  1. jannatwrites
    May 8, 2014 at 1:42 am #

    Beautiful poem! I like how the rhyming is subtle and doesn’t feel forced.

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  2. jacquelinecaseypoetry
    May 8, 2014 at 2:27 am #

    Thanks, Janna. That is what I am always striving to do. Trying not to sound “sing-songy”.

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  3. peggyshope
    May 8, 2014 at 4:48 am #

    This was really nice – my favorite line is “a time for love’s beginning captured here”

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  4. jacquelinecaseypoetry
    May 8, 2014 at 5:05 pm #

    Thank you, Peggy.

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  5. Suzanne
    May 8, 2014 at 5:07 pm #

    Oh, this is so gorgeous! I love Babylonian history and mythology. Wonderful take on the prompts! 🙂

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  6. jacquelinecaseypoetry
    May 8, 2014 at 5:11 pm #

    Thank you so much, Suzanne. I like writing about things I must research first, online, before I give my twist to it, making it fit your prompt.

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  7. Silverleaf
    May 8, 2014 at 11:46 pm #

    Beautiful! I love history and this so beautifully reflects all that I imagine to be exotic about that time and place.

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  8. Ann Bennett (@AnnBennett12)
    May 8, 2014 at 11:58 pm #

    I loved it. Wonderful.

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