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Chichén Itzá-One of new 7 Wonders

 

Cruise to Chichén Itzá

Below is a poem about Chichén Itzá, one of the new 7 wonders of the world:

 

In the Ruins of Chichén Itzá

Neil Harding McAlister (2004)

 

In the Maya's holy city

Tourists gawk at silent stones,

While a guide who’s bright and witty

Lectures in irreverent tones.

 

Shout! and hear the fading echoes

Ricochet off barren walls,

Now the home of sunning geckos

Living in these empty halls.

 

Children scale the sacred pyramid,

Scrambling up in playful glee,

Just as ancient kings and priests did

With profound solemnity.

 

Down those stairs the lives of victims

Drained in streams of pain and blood,

Driven by religion’s dictums,

Flowing in a crimson flood.

Skulls look like Homer Simpson-Doh!

 

Carvings in this place of sadness

Tell of cruel depravity,

Founded in horrific madness,

Meted out with savagery.

 

Who could think that skulls of neighbors

Caught for obscene sacrifice,

Could induce the gods’ good favors

In a holy edifice?

 

Who could throw a trembling maiden

Down into a well to die,

With gold jewelry heavy laden,

Grace from wrathful gods to buy?

 

Priests and scholars, kings and warriors

In these precincts so accursed,

Far from being mankind’s saviors,

Made men bow to what is worst.

 

Serving wicked superstition

Labored skilful engineers.

Their work came to what fruition?

Nothing more than death and tears.

 

Break off from the tour guide’s chatter.

Contemplate this vista bleak.

Undistracted by his patter,

You can hear the mute stones speak,

 

Whispering an age-old story:

Evil works must all decay.

Every tyrant’s pride and glory

Shall in ruins rot away.

 

Jungle vines shall twine together

Over towers and ramparts tall.

Blasted by the rain and weather,

Monuments erode and fall.

 

Who shall then fear priest or master

When the temple’s overthrown,

Leaving only mocking laughter

Echoing on crumbling stone?

 

travelman727 says:
Ineke, you bet! I really appreciate your advice to go early morning before the tour buses arrive; I felt like I had the place to myself :-D
Posted on: Jun 09, 2010
Vlindeke says:
Isn't a great site to visit?
Posted on: Jun 08, 2010
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Chichén Itzá-One of new 7 Wonders
Chichén Itzá-One of new 7 Wonders
Skulls look like Homer Simpson-Doh!
Skulls look like Homer Simpson-Doh!
Rise early-drive to Chichén Itzá
Rise early-drive to Chichén Itzá
Temple of the Jaguars
Temple of the Jaguars
Lower Temple of the Jaguars
Lower Temple of the Jaguars
Jaguar Throne
Jaguar Throne
Jaguar Temple from Great Ball Court
Jaguar Temple from Great Ball Court
Great Ball Court-largest in Mexico
Great Ball Court-largest in Mexico
El Castillo from Great Ball Court
El Castillo from Great Ball Court
One of the Great Ball Court goals
One of the Great Ball Court goals
Temple of the Bearded Man
Temple of the Bearded Man
Temple of the Bearded Man carvings
Temple of the Bearded Man carvings
Platform of the Skulls (Tzompantli)
Platform of the Skulls (Tzompantli)
Venus Platform (Tomb of Chac-Mool)
Venus Platform (Tomb of Chac-Mool)
Castillo (Pyramid of Kukulcán)
Castillo (Pyramid of Kukulcán)
Ancient Mayan Empire capital
Ancient Mayan Empire capital
Temple of the Tables
Temple of the Tables
Temple of the Warriors
Temple of the Warriors
In Spanish, Templo de los Guerreros
In Spanish, Templo de los Guerreros
Plaza of 1000 Columns
Plaza of 1000 Columns
El Castillo from 1000 Columns Plaza
El Castillo from 1000 Columns Plaza
I believe-I didnt count columns :)
I believe-I didn't count columns :)
Next, tour Market area (Mercado)
Next, tour Market area (Mercado)
Market used more for ceremonies
Market used more for ceremonies
Tomb of the High Priest
Tomb of the High Priest
House of the Grinding Stones
House of the Grinding Stones
Red House (Chichun-chob)
Red House (Chichun-chob)
The Observatory (Caracol)
The Observatory (Caracol)
Chichén Itzá church (La Iglesia)
Chichén Itzá church (La Iglesia)
Remains of Mayan Steam Bath
Remains of Mayan Steam Bath
The Nunnery (Government building)
The Nunnery (Government building)
The Nunnery Annex
The Nunnery Annex
Cenote - Well of Sacrifice
Cenote - Well of Sacrifice
Chichen Itza
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