Pool With Turtles

Ben Sara Of Santarem
Arab Andalusian
1043 – 1123


The beautiful pool,
a brimming eye,
has thick eyelashes of flowers.

Turtles cavort
in their capes of green algae.

Now they squabble on the bank
but when winter comes
they’ll dive below and hide.

At play they resemble
Christian soldiers wearing on their backs
their leather shields.

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