|Reviewed by Axilea MU
|There are many things to say about this poem. First of all, it's a great feeling for me to recognize the city: its presence, its silhouette, its details and facets. I like the fluidity, the movement in this piece that both contrasts and complements the timelessness. A perspective different from mine, because you seem to catch the more "exotic" side too. For me, it's more about familiarity. But there is definitely something in common too, the idea of a link, so tenuous and powerful at the same time. Great writing, Jon!
|Reviewed by Victoria's Poetry & Voices of Muse
|I LOVE LOVE LOVE!! ALL the beautiful words
& outstanding phrases you have used here Jon
it is always such a pleasure to read poetry
but also even moreso poetic literature as you have here
embracing my attention
Love & Gypsy Belly Dancers!!
|Reviewed by Andy Turner
|Into the mind-scape of your mind do we travel.
A very well thought-out and well rounded poem.
Peace, a place of peace; understanding, where egos are forbidden.
|Reviewed by MaryGrace Patterson
|Strong images in this prolific poem. I have read about Constantinopile and the Byzentine Empire, ! You took me to the mosques and sites of those places..Well said Jon....M|
|Reviewed by Abdi-Noor Mohamed (Eagle Of Hope)
|passing through my nostrils is an air of civilization sprinkled with flakes of modernization. Am I smelling Istanbul? Oh yes! Great work my friend I have been to this wonderful city in 1988, stayed few days then flew back to my home country Somalia, the lost paradise.|
|Reviewed by m j hollingshead
|enjoyed the rule|
|Reviewed by Kate Burnside
|Timeless and yet a sense of sands shifting with uncertainty and possible change hanging heavily scented in the air. So much meticulous craft and workmanship has gone into this accomplished write, Jon, and you have wrought a worthy tribute to a much esteemed and dignified friend. The imagery is intoxicating and heady with its sense of mystery and sensual infusions. You really take us within these foreign gates and bestow upon us poetic citizenship. A majestic piece, thank you!|
|Reviewed by Dawn Anderson
|Jon, the imagery.....incredible! Well written poem|
|Reviewed by Sheri Uy
|I've never been to those places Jon, but you brought me right there through your poem with such fine details and vivid imagery. A very engaging write indeed. Peace and love in Christ.
|Reviewed by Regis Auffray
|Your vivid imagery has brought the place to life, Jon. A fine gift well-shared. Love and peace to you,
|Reviewed by Sheila Roy
|Amazing attention to detail in this poem, Jon. I need to read it again. I'm sure I'll catch something new:)
|Reviewed by Christine Alwin
|Jon, you took me there, the imagery and thought process is incredible to say the least...a moment in history that lasts forever.
Love and Blessings,
|Reviewed by Kathy Armijo
|Amidst all the hustle and bustle, there is a certain peacefullness. It is accentuated by your phrase "faces come and go old to new the tales they repeat remain" This is an incredible view into a realm with which I am unfamiliar, but enjoyed!
God bless you,
|Reviewed by Ronald Hull
|Struck me like the heart of the cusp of civilization.. and an old friend from there with a heart of gold.
|Reviewed by La Belle Rouge Poetess Of The Heart
|What an amazing picture you have painted with words Jon! Masterful.|
|Reviewed by C. McGovern-Bowen
|ah, how my cherished memories of istanbul stir while reading this engaging write, jon! you've captured the taste of that magical place straddling the exquisite waters of the bosporus. no city compairs to it's captivating vib. thanks for the trip down memory lane.
|Reviewed by Paul Judges
|Brilliantly done, Jon|
|Reviewed by Liana Margiva
|EXCELLENT!!!!!!!!!!!! Liana Margiva|
|Reviewed by John Flanagan
|What I admire in particular about this poem, Jon, is how you allow it to flow with minimal punctuation, reflecting the movement and bustle, how past and present 'meld' and how you convey effortlessly that special atmosphere and strategic significance the city has.
|Reviewed by Karen Palumbo
|Wow Jon, can visualize every detail down to the call to morning prayers. A masterpeice for your friend...
Be always safe,
|Reviewed by JASMIN HORST SEILER
|The Derwishes fly around my mind, the music of your poetry Jon, I am saving this beautiful piece of art! Love and peace! Jasmin Horst|
|Reviewed by Gene Williamson
|Jon, your friend Ahmet Aktas should be delighted on reading
this marvelous tribute to Bosporus. I know I was. -gene.
|Reviewed by Felix Perry
|Very well done can almost smell and hear the sights and sounds of the eastern lands.
|Reviewed by Elisabeth Barstowe
|I love this!|
|Reviewed by Christine Tsen
|A superior poem!
The part about the barefoot dancing, that's my favorite part.
I'm walking away with that delicious strong tea and breakfast cheese~
I'm a moron with my comments (sigh)
But your poem is perfection.
|Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner
|Excellent write, Jon. Well done.
(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
|Reviewed by D Johnson
|I had to google 'Bosporus' to understand more clearly what you were so beautifully describing. It is somewhat surprising that there are only two bridges allowing access to either side. I had not thought or realized that there were two Istanbul's...why not, there are two Kansas City's. Very nice writing.