Machu Picchu

Riding on the wings
of a condor
I returned home
to lush green
to this mountain retreat
I surrender.
The sundial marking the time
Inti showing only
a reflection on the Earth
Practicing the same ritual
of being a priestess
since birth.
Fortress of agricultural riches
Rainbow present at the marriage
of the moon and sun
Stars aligned
as the calendar predicted.
The birds sing the chorus
while the Urumbamba river
keeps the beat
Chewing on the coca
Pachamama’s blessing
cloudy mountain mist
the perfect backdrop.
Overseeing the ceremony
for them to be wed
Inca adorned in royalty red
Puma at his feet
protecting the ruler’s seat
Snake rising above the ground
The Andean cross trinity
The sun and moon
united for infinity
Machu Picchu
the remnant of a
civilization’s divinity.


4 thoughts on “Machu Picchu

      1. The Unfolding

        You’re so fortunate. That’s probably on a lot of our bucket lists–a timeless place–and there you are! Can’t even imagine… And wonderfully put into words, too.

      2. poetaflor

        Thank you although words can’t really capture it. That’s my feeble attempt to do so. My heritage is Peruvian so it had always been my Mecca. I highly recommend going there and all of Peru is an adventure waiting to happen

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