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Cyrus the Great's Tomb
by George A Peknik
Sunday, March 11, 2012
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One day Alexander the Great, while on his mission to level Persepolis, stops by Pasargard, the tomb of the Persian Cyrus the Great, and muses on the present and future of Iran.


Alex the Great could hardly wait

To visit the tomb of Cyrus

In order to see what Cy had ordered to be

Written right on his own necropolis.

 

“If I were weak, and thus not Greek,”

Alex to his secretaries supposed,

“I wouldn’t regret having a grandiose epithet

So as to immortalize the defeat of my foes.”

 

“Certainly the prose that Cy-boy chose

For his noble cubic crypt

Will adorn pages throughout the ages

With the splendor it depicts.
 

Once Alexander finally arrived,

He got the following translation

Of what was written on the stone

Of the Persian leader’s transfiguration.

 
“Passer-by, I am Cyrus,

Who gave the Persians an empire, and was king of Asia.

Grudge me not therefore this monument,
Nor this little earth that covers my body.
 

Alex was stunned and a loss for words,

So he scratched some words into the rock:

“One day Arabs will come and will grudge you this ground

Tell the fools that it’s the tomb of the mother of Solomon.

 

And another day there will be weak rulers here

Who connect their reigns to yours and your father’s.

They won’t be Kings of Kings, like you.

Instead, they will be more like mere Turks.

 
Rest in peace!”
 
copyright, George Peknik


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Reviewed by Ronald Hull
A delightful take the current situation and a history lesson, to boot.

I have a longtime friend who is Zoroastrian and of Persian origin. He only had three sons, who he appropriately named, Cyrus, Darius, and Xerxes. Cyrus is in his 50s and is a civil engineer in Alaska. I doubt if he will have children at this age, so his dynasty, like the great King Cyrus, will not be passed down.

We had about fifty very bright, very westernized, Iranian students at Marshall University in 1975. The Shah sent them here and paid full tuition and expenses. When I was at Atlanta University in 1979, the religious zealots had taken hold, and our Iranian students were in chaos. Some never recovered.

Ron
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