How magnificent it must have been
to see the tomb at Halicarnassus!
Those marble lions, guardians against evil,
the twelve metre-high columns
and statues of Greeks fighting panthers,
stags and boars; the joy of the hunt
was encompassed in that stunning structure.
Upon the pyramid of steps on the roof, Mausolus rode
a four-horse chariot: yes, he who lent the monument
and other buildings serving a similar purpose
his name. I would have gasped at the detail,
gawped at the height - leant against its walls
in need of support! -
had it only still been standing...