Saturday, April 12, 2014

Our Wonderful World.12

Details of my Poetry Month Project can be found here.


The Empire State Building

A peach kabob1
A home for gods2
At the very tip
Kong loses his grip3

Fourth in height4
Icon of might5
Symmetrically planned
Art deco-ly grand6

©Mary Lee Hahn, 2014

1 In the book James and the Giant Peach, the peach ends its journey with a great squelch atop the pinnacle of the Empire State Building.

2 In Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson series, Mount Olympus is the Empire State Building.

3 King Kong tried to escape his captors by climbing the Empire State Building, but it didn't work out the way he planned.

4 In North America...for the time being.

5 The nickname of the state of New York is "The Empire State," a reference to its wealth and resources.

The Empire State Building's art deco style is typical of pre-WWII architecture in New York City.

Carol's "Edgewalk" from yesterday's CN Tower is a must-read at Carol's Corner.

Kevin annotated his poem for today, "Empires Rise and Fall," on Poetry Genius. (He is one, by the way.)


  1. "Empire State Building"

    Tower slices sky
    a geometric symphony
    of curves and quadrilaterals.
    (C) Carol Wilcox, 2014
    And then I read an article about a Ford mustang being sawed apart and hauled up elevators for a fiftieth anniversary celebration. And it felt like there was a poem there somehow.


    You are cordially invited
    to a
    Please come!
    a shiny silver
    will be
    sawed into three parts
    then stuffed into elevators
    and hauled
    up 86 floors
    to be reassembled
    and admired
    by the world.

    (c) Carol Wilcox, 2014

  2. Great job, Mary Lee! Love the reference to James and the Giant Peach!

  3. Ooh, CLEVER. I got all of the references without hints EXCEPT for the Riordan, but I immediately remembered when I read it. Cool.


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