Wadi Qelt – Poem by Sofia Kioroglou

In a deep and narrow gorge
the wadi winds its tortuous course
in a cliff face pocked with caves
monks ensconced in steep enclaves

Elijah was fed by ravens
praised the Lord, beheld the heavens
Down a steep and winding path
What good is being a polymath?

Wadi Qelt a holy place
I feel God’s serene embrace
past are now my life’s transgressions
I embrace my sins as lessons.


*The poem is inspired by the monastery of St. George of Koziba in The Judean Desert. The spectacle of the Monastery of St George — a cliff-hanging complex carved into a sheer rock wall, overlooking an unexpectedly lush garden with olive and cypress trees — is one of the most striking sights of the Holy Land. The wadi winds its deep and tortuous course for 35 kilometres between Jerusalem and Jericho — for most of the way providing a route for the Roman road on which Jesus set the parable of the Good Samaritan


21 thoughts on “Wadi Qelt – Poem by Sofia Kioroglou

  1. That is brilliant. I love the idea of a cliff hanging complex and I also like houses built into a hill or rock face. Thank you for sharing these photos and for your lovely poem.

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    1. The houses you see built into a hill is St George of Koziba complex where Elijah and St.Joachim prayed. The view from above is breathtaking. Also, the hike through the wadi to that complex is a talk with God. I love getting there on foot despite there being Bedouin with donkeys to get you there. It was difficult at first to get there but having been there umpteen times I have gotten used to the steep cliffs. Also the views are breathtaking.

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      1. I used to free climb so going up would not be scary. But I have never liked looking down. I’m sure it works be an incredible trip. I will add it to my list. Thank you again.

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      1. There’s a devotional kind of book that I’ve reread several times and marked all up. I love it. It’s full of blessings. It’s “In the Sanctuary of Women” by Jan Richardson who is a Methodist pastor, and artist, and a member of the religious community on the Isle of Iona in Scotland. She has a whole section in it on the Desert Mothers. Her book feeds my soul no matter how many times I read it.

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      2. I know the Orthodox fathers at the monastery of Saint George of Koziba and their ascetic tradition has etched an indelible mark on my soul. One of the reasons I want to go to Jerusalem next month is to pay a visit to this place. Another favourite spot in Jerusalem is Ein Karem and Beit Sahour. I just love the Holy Land !


  2. Elijah’s example declares,
    Whatever distress may betide;
    The saints may commit all their cares
    To him who will surely provide:
    When rain long withheld from the earth
    Occasioned a famine of bread;
    The prophet, secure from the dearth,
    By ravens was constantly fed.

    GOD bless you.

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  3. This is so beautiful and yest I cannot help but remember the terrorist attacks on hikers there in the 90s. It is a places entrenched in history and beauty. Thank you for sharing the images and your wonderful words.

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    1. 😉 Love that place Thomas. I am looking forward to going to the Wadi with my husband. Actually, I met my husband in Jerusalem, hence my passion for writing about the Holy Land. It is blessed place. True heaven…

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