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Machu Picchu
by Sharmagne Leland-St. John

Montezuma’s daughter
had gold strewn at her feet

Men offered you the Koh-i-Noor…

In wistful embrace
you declined the Eiffel Tower,
the pyramids at Sakhara,
an island in the ancient seas
off Madagascar,
the palace at Cooch-Behar,
but you accepted me.

From the book La Kalima (Quill and Parchment Press and WynterBlue Publishing Canada, Inc ~ 2010)


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