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 Mac McAnear's Poetry Collection 
Marion "Mac" McAnear's
Collection of Original Poetry
Poet Laureate of CRTA-AREA XI
Member - San Diego - Division 4

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"C O R D O B A"
by Mac McAnear
My “Spanish” poems include
"Coming of the Moors"
Spain is a fascinating country!

Copyright © 2002-2003 Mac McAnear
All rights reserved.
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"C O R D O B A"

View of Cordoba
Cordoba was founded by the Romans and due to its strategic importance as the highest navigable point of the Guadalquivir River, it became a port city of great importance, used for shipping Spanish olive oil, wine and wheat back to Ancient Rome.

The Romans built the mighty bridge crossing the river, now called "El Puente Romano". But Cordoba's hour of greatest glory was when it became the capital of the Moorish kingdom of El-Andalus, and this was when work began on the Great Mosque, or "Mezquita", which – after several centuries of additions and enlargements – became one of the largest in all of Islam.

When the city was reconquered by the Christians in 1236, the new rulers of the city were so awed by its beauty that they left it standing, building their cathedral in the midst of its rows of arches and columns, and creating the extraordinary church-mosque we see today.

As well as the unique mosque-cathedral, Cordoba's treasures include the Alcazar, or Fortress, built by the Christians in 1328; the Calahorra Fort, originally built by the Arabs, which guards the Roman Bridge, on the far side of the river from the Mezquita, and the ancient Jewish Synagogue, now a museum.

Cordoba's medieval quarter, once the home of the Jewish community, is called "La Judería" (The Jewry), a labyrinth of winding, narrow streets, shady flower-filled courtyards and picturesque squares such as La Plaza del Potro. In early May, homeowners proudly festoon their patios with flowers to compete for the city's "most beautiful courtyard" contest.

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She’s gotten old now, Cordoba
A thousand stories to tell
Curious to know if protested
In the many wars she fell.

For we come as jealous suitors
Green-eyed with pounding heart
To see if true the malicious rumors
Easy as a common tart!

Though suspicious on arrival
Charmed by her elegant style
Quaintness of her winding streets
And intricacy of her tile!

A deceptively plain courtyard
Awesome beauty inside
Rows of marvelous columns
By Moors with well-earned pride!

Admittedly the old gal has breeding
In spite of things gone through
Knows to age gracefully
To herself faithful and true!
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  Mac McAnear - Author 
Mac McAnear
"Poet - Author"
Copyright © 2002 - 2003 - Mac McAnear - All rights reserved.

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