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I am from poem


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I am from poem

  1. 1. Breanna Farris<br />P1, November 21, 2010<br />I am from Babylon, the holy city<br />And great creations of mud brick<br />I am from walls plated in zinc and gold<br />I am from the lack of stone, which made every pebble precious<br />I am from the water-clock to tell the time of day<br />I am from the festival of Mishtkaru Buylshu to ward off evil<br />I am from the sacrifice of innocent animals to ensure god’s happiness<br />And from the Tower of Babel, in the plain of Shinar<br />I am from the Hanging Gardens, built to please the queen<br />And from my bird-resembled amulet, that keeps me safe at night<br />I am from terra-cota<br />I am from Shamash the sun god, and Ishtar the goddess of love and war<br />I am from daily rituals of cleansing and purifying the temples<br />And from the wealthy giving offerings<br />I am from the Code of Hammurabi<br />And from lex talionis<br />I am from legal rights to women and slaves<br />I am from the physician and the exorcist, who were trusted very much<br />I am from the cuneiform records that held our knowledge<br />And from arranged marriages and marriage markets<br />I am from Babylon, the holy city<br />The sun is my father<br />