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portraits of red and grey #18 by James Morehead

July 3, 2011

portraits of red and grey #18

by James Morehead

another death dive plane ride
drops us into alma-ata
its skyline smoothed by mosque domes
golden shining brilliant
shimmering beacons playing with sunlight

we drive from the airport
and stop outside a towering dome
its simple golden elegance
draws me towards a darkened doorway
i step silently into cave-like darkness
my eyes searching
as tiled pictures appear dimly
lit from a single doorway revealing
each tiny tile a pure speck of colour
colours and tiles blending and blurring
the spinning dome high above me is swirling
a colourful quilt of rainbows and stars
i close my eyes keeping them with me forever


we return to the bus
and our tour guide beams
our excited eyes please her
proudly she declaims :
the state has restored
each non-functioning mosque
to its original beauty

we ask her politely
could we see a functioning mosque
she takes us
and waits on the bus

two small domes
hide behind a ten foot wall in dying sunlight
sad shadows and smeared tiles
grimy gold peals and flakes
a cluttered floor of mud and pebbles
and a single kneeling figure

Next in portraits of red and grey…


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