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Marakech

Marakech

Traders in Jemaa el-Fnaa square
Displaying their trinkets and dyes
Water sellers, storytellers
Dancers, singers, and flies

The mystical chaos of Marrakech
Snake charmers lure your eye
Musicians, magicians, traditions
Pickpockets skulking nearby

Medicine men to cure your ails
Henna girls paint Mehndi  tattoos
Acrobats in elaborate hats
Clairvoyants with misguided clues

The eerie pull of the souk
Aromas fill the market air
Paprika fish, potato knish
Rich cultured dishes to share

Spicy tangy harira soup
Zesty loaves of khobz flatbread
Meskouta cakes and veggie bakes
Mint tea and dates to clear the head

And as the sunset approaches
Lanterns and candles appear
Exotic light on a Berber night
A spiritual atmosphere

The muezzin sings from the mosque
Calling all Muslims to prayer
Kneeling, praying, Janamaz fraying
How can you not want to be there?
 

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Nigel Cresswell

Of course I want to be there Barry. Right now I would settle for Barry Island but lockdown demands I sit in my garden smoking stuff that makes me feel like Marakech. 
Great write mate 
Nigel 

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Barry Childs

Thanks, Nigel, I'm in the same boat as you. By the way, I was conceived in Barry Island, and I've run out of the smoke.  Barry

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Marion Price

Barry you have a real gift of transporting the reader, I can almost smell the spices...a cracking write, I thoroughly enjoyed, thanks for sharing my friend 💕

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Barry Childs

Thank you so much, Marion. It means a lot to me, as I am quite proud of this one.  Barry x

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Cherie Leigh

Hi Barry!  This is excellent!  It is so packed with original descriptions of Marakech and what a typical busy day/night looks like. It is such a different culture and life than anything I can relate to or experience. You have beautiful flow and rhymes in this that only add to the narration's packed picture scene. I can almost see, smell, taste, hear, and touch the scene. That takes such meticulous talent to pull of. Beautiful work!  Pinned for its perfection. xo Love n Hugs, Cherie 

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Barry Childs

Oh, Cherie, I am so happy that you like it. It took some time to write. I wanted readers to feel the ambiance. I am hoping to visit next year. Because we live in France, we can take the car across Spain and Gibraltar, and then into Morroco. It's a place I've always been fascinated with. Barry x

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Cherie Leigh

I do hope you get to go, Barry. It sounds like a wonderful busy place with lots to take in. It was so well done and you should be very proud of it. I'm keeping it to refer to for inspiration. xo

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Barry Childs

Thank you, Lorris. Salaams to you too my friend.  Barry

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S.zaynab.kamoonpury

I have read quite a lot of westerners describing Marrakech in stories, such nice attractive adoring admiring accounts of this place they pen, it seems to be of those eastern places westerners love to travel as tourists. But a poem is the first that I read  on it and your account is the first to describe pickpockets , flies, and clairvoyants gah!
Such an awesome poem , fabulously rhymed with fine vernacular that I know of. I think this is one of your masterpieces so plenty kudos!!!

plz pleez do read and comment my newest poem too. 

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Barry Childs

Thank you so much, S. I took a lot of time getting this to its finished state. I consider it to be one of my best poems. Thank you very much for your time and such kind comments. I will certainly read your latest poem. Barry x

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