Poetry Partners #6
‘Religious Confusion, or: Cooperation’, a poem by Ron Rowland of ‘Navigating This Thing We Call Life’
A synagogue with a Catholic name and an Islamic architect And you thought you were confused I mean no disrespect Religious cooperation at its best eight hundred years ago Santa María la Blanca of Toledo, Spain a synagogue tableau
- Ron Rowland: https://ronrowland.com/
- Photo by Ron Rowland (Interior of the Synagogue of Santa María la Blanca, October 15, 2021)
The Synagogue of Santa María la Blanca
“The Synagogue of Santa María la Blanca (literally Synagogue of Saint Mary the White, originally known as the Ibn Shushan Synagogue, or commonly the Congregational Synagogue of Toledo) is a museum and former synagogue in Toledo, Spain. Erected in 1180, according to an inscription on a beam, it is disputably considered the oldest synagogue building in Europe still standing. It is now owned and preserved by the Catholic Church.
Its stylistic and cultural classification is unique among surviving buildings as it was constructed under the Christian Kingdom of Castile by Islamic architects for Jewish use. It is considered a symbol of the cooperation that existed among the three cultures that populated the Iberian Peninsula during the Middle Ages.”
A Cywydd Llosgyrnog by ben Alexander of ‘The Skeptic’s Kaddish’
What a miracle life is and how alike are all souls when they send their roots down deep and meet and are one!–Nikos Kazantzakis (1883 – 1957)
Flora, assorted, across earth, Varied in height, leaves, fruits, hue, girth; Spreading forth, generating. Above, life's tiny, reaching shoots; Under, unseen, far-stretching roots That suit the penetrating.
Let’s write poetry together!
When it comes to partnership, some humans can make their lives alone – it’s possible. But creatively, it’s more like painting: you can’t just use the same colours in every painting. It’s just not an option. You can’t take the same photograph every time and live with art forms with no differences.–Ben Harper (b. 1969)
Would you like to create poetry with me and have a completed poem of yours featured here at the Skeptic’s Kaddish? I am very excited to have launched the ‘Poetry Partners’ initiative and am looking forward to meeting and creating with you… Check it out!
List of Poetry Partners
- Murisopsis of ‘A Different Perspective’
- Judy Dykstra-Brown of ‘LifeLessons’
- Jennifer Patino of ‘Thistle Thoughts’
- Mike L. Utley of ‘Silent Pariah’
- Barbara Schaefer of ‘solitary 4 tomorrow’
- Ron Rowland of ‘Navigating This Thing We Call Life’
- Cheyenne MacMasters: of ‘Cheyenne Paints’
- Rae Cod of ‘Rae Cod’s Writing’