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Friday, May 20, 2011

Poem of the Week

Hello, This is Luna from Luna's world, and I am happy to bring you this weeks poem with the theme; "Fortresses, Castles, Palaces and Royal houses."
I really enjoyed this poem and I believe you will as well by the storytelling element that it provides.
It takes you on a journey as you are right there with this poet on their view of this Fortress. Let me present JP's Poem entitled: Earthen Fort Visit.

Early morning start.
Long drive.
My love, myself, three friends.

Ocean air greets us.
I love the plants:
living at ocean's edge,
holding the sand in place.

Of course,
nature moves the islands anyway.
It's the way of coasts, to change.

Mini museum about the fort
and the war.
Mini history lesson
for my friend
(he's Indian,
not much US history).

mini battle scenes.
Normal museum stuff.

Walking tour.
First, a film.
Battle pictures, old music.
Historians talking.

Outside, hoping for shade.
The tour guide is good people.

When built,
it was one of the best forts.
Only two sided,
strategically placed.

Earth pushed up
into walls
and battlements.

Only half of one wall left.
Still impressive.
The other wall
fell to the ocean
(shifting islands).

Part of it was flattened
to make way:
air force training landing strip,
for some more recent war,
the Great One
or maybe the second.

Good, shade.
Military still owns the land.
Park service rents it:
one dollar a year.
"Not a bad price.
We'd have to give it up
in time of Pacific war.
The entrance to this river
is still strategically valuable."

New position.
Thankfully more shade.
The general (I think)
left wife and kids
across the channel
during battle.
Good choice.

They loved each other.
His diary entries, and
her comments on some pages:
Playful love.

Ten time as many men
with naval support.
Shelled for days.
Boats had better range.
No fighting back.

Shells stop.
Land forces move in.
More marsh then,
harder assault.

We have a wood bridge.
Worts. Cool plants.
Really tall and wide here.
Lots of water
and enough shade.
Away from bridge:
smaller worts.

Cannon out for repair.
No battlement for us.
Great pictures, though.
Early battle photos.
Good photographer.
We're lucky.
Lots of battle details.

Just think,
man-made hills.
How much sand and dirt
moved to build their fort.
How many military men
worked on it
and how many slaves?

Hollowed out sections:
storage and shelling shelter.
Days of shelling,
the earthen walls
barely looked dented.
And none of the men hurt.

Live Oaks.
Special shape near ocean.
A tilt of being
constantly blown over
by ocean winds.
They are.
Leaves smaller,
than inland.

Strong, beautiful trees.
My favorite trees.

"Well, any more questions?"
No one can think of any thing.
well I hope you enjoyed your tour.
Be sure to take a look around inside
if you didn't get a chance before.
Sorry the table's speaker's broken.
if you've enjoyed your visit,
think about making a donation."

Buttercups next to the steps.
Well, maybe buttercups.
Do buttercups grow so close
to the ocean?
Cute anyway.
"Jess, are you stuck?"
I point out the flowers,
then move on.

Another cannon
near the path back.
Kids are having their picture taken.
I had my picture taken
with a canon
when I was a kid.
Another fort,
another time,
another story.

JP started writing poetry for national poetry month, and decided to keep on going! and a great job she is doing too! you can find her and her poems at http://jprescottpoetry.blogspot.com/.
Please go visit her her there.

And of course you can find me, Luna at Http//:lunawitch15.wordpress.com/ saying please write on, and we shall see you soon for next week's theme
 "Sketches, Images, and Impressions" starting Sunday at 8 pm and you can post for 72 hrs.
see you then,


Anonymous said...

please forgive me, I have been ill this week so this should have said so much more.
This is a great poem and I hope evryone enjoys it. Luna.

becca said...

what a beautiful poem

Jingle said...

wise choice, Mia,

bless you, get well soon.

appreciate your effort.

Jessica Prescott said...

Thank you so much! I am honored, proud, and excited. I appreciate everyone who has enjoyed my poetry and can't believe I've found such a wonderful community of writers, which I checked out in part because Jingle Poetry has my same initials. :-)

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Victoria said...

Thanks Luna and JP. Interesting narrative tone to this poem.

Anonymous said...

The narrative and descriptive go hand in hand, the good part still being the poetic element...