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by Gene Williamson

Sunday, February 20, 2011
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Avila was my cathedral fix.

I stood in the heart of this monastic center of Spain,
a few short miles from El Greco’s Toledo,
surrounded by churches, cathedrals, temples, cloisters,
palaces, towers, and the River Adaja.

This thousand-year-old walled city, built
on the summit of a rocky hill, was said to embrace
mysticism and history,
art and heroic chivalry.
It was a city of saints and silent warriors.
A quiet city.

Yet the afternoon I stood within ancient Avila,
I was aware only of the honks and beeps and oogahs
outside the medieval walls.
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Reviewed by Victoria's Poetry & Voices of Muse 2/24/2011
if only we could drown them out
everything is stunning Gene
Thank You for this virtual view

Archaic Trinkets
Reviewed by Chessly Nesci 2/23/2011
Very cool! I love to travel and love history! Excellent visual my friend. God bless you always! ~Chessly
Reviewed by Amor Sabor 2/22/2011
I have never been to Spain but I would love to visit the Northern Spanish coast port-city my family is named for in Aviles, Spain approx. 2 hrs from the French border.
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 2/21/2011
Must be neat to travel...ah I wish...e
Reviewed by Rose Rideout 2/21/2011
Absolutly beautiful s I visulize this picture in front of me Gene.

Newfie Hugs, Rose
Reviewed by Liana Margiva 2/21/2011
POWERFUL, BEAUTIFUL POEM!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Liana Margiva
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 2/20/2011
The contrast that you have presented via your verses is most effective in recreating the mood, Gene. Thanks for sharing. Love and peace to you,

Reviewed by Morgan Merriweather 2/20/2011
The contrast is amazing, old vs. new and to even fathom what it was like. ~ Morgan
Reviewed by Peter Schlosser (Reader) 2/20/2011
i had this same impression when i visited assisi in italy. this ancient monastary cloaked in the quiet, rolling hills of central italy, time-machine whip-lash, lost inside the storied walls and catapaulted back to the plastic present by the annoying whine of tour busses and motor scooters. great piece.
Reviewed by John Flanagan 2/20/2011
That moment of being one with the special,
this is what this excellent poem is, Gene.
Highly atmospheric, full of love and appreciation
but the distraction of what we've become is all too real.

Reviewed by Christine Tsen 2/20/2011
Endearing picture wrapped in spectacular perspective and imagination!
Reviewed by Gerard Gauthier 2/20/2011
Wonderful contrast Gene. Always a pleasure to read your words.
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge Poetess Of The Heart 2/20/2011
Funny how the present world imposes on the past. So well penned Gene with great ambiance.
Reviewed by Mary Lacey, Desertrat 2/20/2011

Sounds like a very beautiful, interesting place. What a shame the 'quiet' city was ruined by the sounds of an annoying city. Take care.

Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 2/20/2011
Hah! Kinda hard to commune with the saints and silent warriors, never mind the mysticism because of progress of mankind, eh? A shame really.
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 2/20/2011
... must have been the wind direction! There is something distinctly stilling and imbuing just by the act of being present in such a place. Spain is literally "thick" with such pervasive atmospheres, I find. In those medieval cities in which the 21st century has been allowed to infiltrate, it feels to me like a mere grubby film across its ancient surface somehow... a dozen or so steps back down some cobbled calle and you could easily have lost again a few centuries and become intoxicated just on the scent alone of history and mysticism. Sounds to me like a re-visit is in order! :)) Karmen Kate xx

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