Potent symbol of a nation,
A link to the 18th and 19th centuries,
And the Ottoman Empire.
Red, to represent war and the survival of it,
A white crescent moon and a star,
Symbolising Osman I’s dream
Of a moon rising from the breast of a judge,
Whose daughter he wanted to marry.
When full, the moon descended into
Osman’s own chest,
A tree grew from his loins,
That covered the entire world,
And the world flourished in its shadow.
A red flag,
With a whIte crescent moon and a star,
Banner of the Ottoman Empire,
National flag of Turkey.
© Caro Ness 2015