Friday, November 27, 2009

One Thousand and One Nights

In One Thousand and One Nights, Scheherazade wove her tales around magic and dreams in a Persian land of riches and jinn in lamps...but what of Dubai's financial fall?... 


I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk, a shatter'd visage lies, whose frown
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamp'd on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed.
And on the pedestal these words appear:
"My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!"
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away.

...Percy B. Shelley
One of my favorite poems.

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