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The Azure Gates of Ishtar 

by Ishtar of New Zealand

The Azure Gates of Ishtar 
Stands witness to thousands of years 
of countless blood, shed
in a land of senseless beliefs
a vicious cycle of hate 
fuels for generations
and the blood-soaked dried earth
cries out in pain
look what man has done yet again!
-by Ishtar © 2008

(the gate of Ishtar is in modern day Iraqi and dates back to the babylonian times.  Ishtar was the goddess known also by the summerians as Inanna - the ancient goddess of Love & War, the photo on the left is a re-creation of the gate based in Berlin, which I hope to visit when I am next in Germany)

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