“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.
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.