Anemurium

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ANEMURIUM

Citizens of a Roman city
out in the Byzantine damp,
afraid of invidiosus oculus,
had been selling amulets,
and wearing charm bracelets,
yet going to church,
honestly praised their new Lord,
but loved to sanctify
traditions of their pagan past.

Now, in its ruins
dancing deities of fertility
laugh at the sight of archaeologists
excavating Solomon seal rings,
for nobody can ever find proof
that a poor citizen of Anemurium
didn’t get luckier
by talismanic chance.

© ifyouplease 2018
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