Details of my Poetry Month Project can be found here.
18. Machu Picchu
No wheel for rolling,
or draft horse for pulling,
and hills too steep,
with trees thick and deep.
So how to move countless
stone blocks up a mountain?
A hundred-man force
up an inclined plane course.
©Mary Lee Hahn, 2014
After a week that featured wonders of the modern world chosen by The American Society of Civil Engineers -- the Empire State Building (my favorite of my poems this week), the Golden Gate Bridge, the Itaipu Dam, the Delta Works, and the Panama Canal (I cheated and wrote a non-wonder poem that day) -- it's been nice to return to some ancient wonders: Petra yesterday and Machu Picchu today.
And what fun to learn about unknown or little-known places around the world, and to marvel, day after day, at the ingenuity of the human race!
Robyn has the Poetry Friday roundup today at Life on the Deckle Edge, and the Kidlitosphere Progressive Poem comes home to Irene at Live Your Poem.
Kevin wrote a pensive ransom note poem for today. It's at his blog, Kevin's Meandering Mind.
Carol Wilcox's poem for today focuses on a tiny detail to get at the big picture. It's simply masterful.
Carol Varselona at BeyondLiteracyLink wrote a poem for the Panama Canal.
Carol Wilcox's poem for Petra is at Carol's Corner. I immediately thought of the cliff-dwellers of the American Southwest when I looked through the pictures of Petra!