Three Poems: Phantom of the Rocks; Lady from Lima & Bell Ringer of de Copan

Phantom of the Rocks

[Huancayo, Peru]

Night falls deep

Upon the traveler!

Low, over the Andes

By Huancayo-;

They know a legend,

Not of this earth,

Where evil lurks

(Over Palla-Huarcuan!...)

"The Phantom of the Rocks";

Should you pass thru there,

At night-be aware:

Expect not to return!...

Note: There is a rock in the form of an Indian Maiden; this is considered the evil spirit of the area. #657 5/13/05

Lady from Lima

[Dona Ana-1668 AD]

Dona Ana-but twenty-nine

Years old- Ruled Lima, Peru, with

Diamonds and gold. Haunted with pride and

Nobility? She dressed in splendor

For all to see! And pardoned a friar

Who was quite thirsty!

#659 5/2005

Bell Ringer: de Copan

In the cathedral de Copan the Bell Ringer was a boy- and his only job

(to my knowledge was), was to the ring the bells? in the town-let of the cathedral.

It so happened that (one night

around dusk) , the lad, with mortal anguish, inspired madness-in the

delirium

of the moment: rang the bells like Holy Hell!!

(As I was witness to this all.)

He rang the bells, as if they had

wings-! As if this was his sermon-. As he dashed against the Tower

Walls-:

He rang the bells like Holy Hell!! He rang the bells with Royal

decree!! He swung on the ropes like a

monkey.

Echoes, echoes-passed through

the plaza-square; as sinful strollers, strolled

everywhere?.

As he rang the bells like Holy Hell!!

And now tell me: what could

I do? I pealed my hat off my head,

And kneeled on a pew.

Note: Occurrence happened as described in the poem, April, 2005 while visiting the archeological site nearby. #658 [May 13, 2005]

Dennis Siluk is a poet, and author. He is working on his 30th book called, "The Treasure of Catalina Wanka," and will have a presentation of it in Lima, Peru in November at the Ricardo Palma house, under the director Luis Cuillermo Guedes Ontaneda, so he looks forward to seeing those whom may be passing through, or perhaps live there. His site: http://dennissiluk.tripod.com

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