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DaveUK1965
13-10-2003, 23:23
Well. Sort of. I **always** wanted to see Samarkand. And here`s a poem by James Elroy Flecker. Who no-one seems to have heard of. Best kind of poet..... ;-))))))

Dave ;-)))



'The Golden Road to Samarkand'

HASSAN:
Sweet to ride forth at evening from the wells,
When shadows pass gigantic on the sand,
And softly through the silence beat the bells
Along the Golden Road to Samarkand.
ISHAK:
We travel not for trafficking alone;
By hotter winds our fiery hearts are fanned:
For lust of knowing what should not be known
We take the Golden Road to Samarkand.
MASTER OF THE CARAVAN:
Open the gate, O watchman of the night!
THE WATCHMAN:
Ho, travellers, I open. For what land
Leave you the dim-moon city of delight?
MERCHANTS (with a shout):
We take the Golden Road to Samarkand!
(The Caravan passes through the gate)
THE WATCHMAN (consoling the women):
What would ye, ladies? It was ever thus.
Men are unwise and curiously planned.
A WOMAN:
They have their dreams, and do not think of us.
VOICES OF THE CARAVAN (in the distance singing):
We take the Golden Road to Samarkand.

-- James Elroy Flecker

Roofer
14-10-2003, 00:42
Was there in '97. Tashkent-Samarkand-Bukhara-Fergana.
Had fun too.

Cheers.
:)

DaveUK1965
14-10-2003, 01:00
;-))))

I`d love to see the Silk Road one o` these fine days. Hey, Roofer, you`ve seen it- is the Silk Road in better condition than most roads in the Provinces, then ? ;-))))))

And cheers back. ;-)))

Dave ;-)))))

Polia Ivanova
14-10-2003, 14:17
What Russia has to do with Samarkand?

It reminds me a program on Discovery "From Russia with..." where they tell you a story about Ukranian Aleksey who never even says a word in Russian.

DaveUK1965
14-10-2003, 14:21
;-)))))))))

Well. Wind the clock back a few years, Polina... ;-)

Roofer
14-10-2003, 14:44
Dave, its pretty much the same.
But I fell in love with a Slavic beauty. Everything else was romantic and fairy tales.
Still gives me the nostalgia.

;)

DaveUK1965
14-10-2003, 14:48
Heheee - same here, Roofer. Funny how the world goes slightly mad after you meet a Russian lady and fall head over heels for her... ;-)))

Roofer
14-10-2003, 14:55
Tell me about it Dave...I keep on coming back for more.

You think I should go for therapy. :D

DaveUK1965
14-10-2003, 15:01
I`ll book the rubber room next to yours, Roofer. ;-)))))))))

Roofer
14-10-2003, 15:11
Hehehe Dave...we can undo each others buckle if we're in the same room. But I wouldnt recommend that. ;)

Akila Pils
17-10-2003, 19:53
I know Flecker.

His quote, by the way, was used in a very famous novel by Fitzroy Mclean... his book was called Eastern Approaches. Which is a must read, especially, for every Britt that likes Russia.

DaveUK1965
17-10-2003, 20:04
Originally posted by Akila Pils
I know Flecker.

His quote, by the way, was used in a very famous novel by Fitzroy Mclean... his book was called Eastern Approaches. Which is a must read, especially, for every Britt that likes Russia.

Very, very few people have heard of him. Flecker died in 1915, I think, aged about 35. The consensus was that had he lived, he`d have been a very major poet indeed.

vaska
17-10-2003, 20:04
A quote from Flecker was also used as an epigraph to "The Far Pavilions" by M.M. Kaye. The novel is a little long and kind of goes off-track at the end, but I would recommend it to anyone who likes historical fiction.