A Rumor Of Atlantis In Northwest Africa

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Historical Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic

There are a bunch of YouTube vids on Atlantis and the Richat Structure that caught my eye. ...An interesting maybe, for sure. This work is a poetic exploration of that hypotheses. Technical notes follow the poem, if'n you are interested. SPP

Cover photo: Alejandro BGN, Nov 2019

....................A Rumor Of Atlantis In Northwest Africa

In a thirsty splash of teacup,
near Mauritania's Richat rings,
I ponder upon grand Atlantis
as my twist of lemon sings.
................Perched high 'pon dromedary,
................looking out
.....................................at breeze-borne sand,
................I pick at dainty biscuits,
................brushing flies off with my hand.
It takes leaps
................of faith and fancy,
.........................at three-hundred cubit's height,
to envisage
salt-galley channels, ...now no thimbleful to sight.
................As a dash of canteen wetness
................dissolves my tangy, precious, teas,
................I muse paradox of altitude
................on how Atlantis ruled its seas.
(That is, of course, if it were here,
in far-antiquated times;
as some surmise, most passionately,
supposing moister climes.)
................I wonder if
....................................old Mungo Park
................would've searched here, if he could.
................Exploring close to Timbuktu,
...................he was in the neighborhood.
Barth left no notes 'neath weighty rock,
or bold, haughty flag, unfurled.
Hostile waste-lands hold no hint at all
of maritime Masters Of The World.
................Plato knew, from his Egyptian pals, of:
................"A city on a lake ...in concentric rings."
 ..................Of a supremacy, nine thousand years past.
...................Of Tamanrasett's coursing, before its kings.
Atlantis:  Majestic of wealth and culture !
Archaic gods' exquisite, choicest,
..........................................................blessings sent !
Where Atlantean fleets once spread their commerce,
thrilling knowledge and enlightenment went !
................Personally though, I see no proof,
...................and low enthusiasm must curtail,
................the mythos that was centered here,
................of mighty ships with painted sail.
As I scan the sere horizon,
I almost hear the barbaric flute,
of away-in-time Atlantis,
as I tap dry dung from my boot.
................Night,
...........................in Berber-land has fallen.
................Wind-worn guides chat by their fires.
................I eat couscous with a succulent meat;
................dwell on what cruel history conspires.
"A day and a night of terror",
all those thousands of years ago.
The city crumbled,
.................................in fire and wave;
...the river dried up its flow.
................Mankind matured, but ne'er forgot
................that a Father Of Cities once thrived.
................Someday, someone will unearth it all:
................Ken how civilization derived.
For the fable goes, that in cruel perishment,
 ...of the city,
.......................not everyone died.
Some, lucky -- and swift of foot and wit,
escaped, to influence, world-wide.
................Now, there isn't much to see in person:
................Not even a sad ruination.
................(Though journeys are lived, not by sore backsides, alone,
................but audaciously, with imagination.)
The "Eye Of The Sahara"' saw for me
a contemplation of epochs, beyond the norm.
Beyond touristy vistas or presumptuous 'scapes,
lay a shock of dead ages, sun, and sandstorm.
................And, perhaps this is truly ...famed Atlantis' site:
................What mind-sparks are struck to consider !
................But should you too seek,
............................................................to come this long way,
................I urge choosing a camel ...that isn't a spitter.

 


by Steven P. Pody
January 16, 2021

 


The Richat Structure, also called Guelb er Richât -- the Eye of Africa, or Eye of the Sahara.  Located in the nation of Mauritania in West Africa.  Some claim it to be a totally natural, though bizarre, anomaly, while others believe it fits many elements of Plato's ancient description.  No in-depth archaeological study has yet been made.

Tamanrasett River.  Revealed by modern satellite imagery as a major watercourse south of the Atlas mountains, when the Sahara was a savannah some ten or twelve thousand years ago.

Mungo Park, a Scottish surgeon and explorer, was sent out by the 'Association for Promoting the Discovery of the Interior of Africa' to discover fabled Timbuktu and the course of the Niger River.

Johann Heinrich Barth, major European early explorer of the region.


Submitted: January 16, 2021

© Copyright 2021 Steven P. Pody. All rights reserved.

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Stormbird Throneshaker

Superbly brilliant.

Sat, January 16th, 2021 8:16pm

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By golly, thanks. Fun but complex to write. Thanks kindly for the feedback S.T.

Sat, January 16th, 2021 12:38pm

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