ALTAMIRA, DOVES FLY








ALTAMIRA



Through narrow arch to enter 
the domed rotunda, overseeing Elx,
swaying with sky skimming palms, 
sandstone walls illuminate 
as sun streams golden fire
through the ankh arrow loop.

Startled by a white flutter
as dove flies in panicked flight, 
brushing herring boned walls, 
to settle still on the bright ledge
watchful of her egg lined nest,
in wait for intruder’s retreat.

Step out blinking in solar glare,
footsteps echo from citadel walls,
ghost guards of  the Aragon King,
as pairing 'palomas' oblivious,
bill and coo, bill and coo,
in love’s courting dance. 


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