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Long before Babylonians, Assyrians, Persians and Greeks, 
Before Hammurabi, Sargon and Ramses ruled 
The world below their feet;
Before biblical scenes and mythological dreams 
Of magical carpet rides,
I knew you back then 
Where sea breezes begin
And history was a gleam in your eye...  
Alexandria, Alexandria, city of pleasure and pain,
They called you Ricotis as I recall 
Earth Mother once called you by name.
Nestled on the Mediterranean Sea of monsters,
Pirates and explorers renowned,
You were not much more than desert floor 
Until the conqueror came to town.
Alexander, Alexander, God-man, ruler-thought divine,
Sailed by your winds where the world begins
And knowledge was born and thrived.  
In the halls of those palaces and places 
He built from his own vision quest,
To rule a world of enlightened beings 
Where all people could achieve their best.
Though he never quite saw your white marble walls,
With pillars of gold and blue; 
Of the Serapeum filled with scholarly souls
Recording their own world view. 
He never knew Pythagoras, philosopher, scientist extraordinaire;
Or the historians Philo and Josephus 
And the volumes of memories they shared. 
The early Christians, Church Fathers and Saints
Origen, Clement and Mark; 
Alexander never knew what he finally did 
When he gave you that worldly start.    
You’ve seen the Pharos come and go, 
Dynasties crumble and fall;
Romans and Greeks swept right off their feet 
And Cleopatra’s castle walls.
Pagans, Jews and Christians too
All vying for your love;
As whispering winds of Freemason friends 
Tell of Hermes below and above.
While Islam and Mohammed rule
In the shadow of the Sphinx, 
Pyramids and temples filled with hieroglyphs   
And obelisks that make you
Stop and think…
Alexandria, Alexandria, city of pleasure and pain;
So little I’ve spoken about you today
Compared to all I’ve gained.
Since the first day I once met you 
In that dream so way back when…
Alexandria, Alexandria, so glad we’re still
Good friends.  



Copyright © Terrell Martin

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  1. Date: 4/20/2012 7:27:00 AM
    Wow Terry, you are on a roll with this wonderful view of history. I really enjoyed the trip and think is is great you are back giving us your great poetry! :)

  1. Date: 4/17/2012 10:00:00 PM
    Terrell, this is a very nice poem... ... enjoyed stopping by, have yourself a good night :-) ALWAYS ~PD

  1. Date: 4/17/2012 4:35:00 PM
    An interesting and informative piece extollingly the wonders of Alexandria...