Saturday, April 19, 2014

Our Wonderful World.19

Details of my Poetry Month Project can be found here.

Dominating the North Platform of Chichen Itza is the Temple of Kukulkan (a Maya feathered serpent deity similar to the Aztec Quetzalcoatl)...On the Spring and Autumn equinoxes, in the late afternoon, the northwest corner of the pyramid casts a series of triangular shadows against the western balustrade on the north side that evokes the appearance of a serpent wriggling down the staircase, which some scholars have suggested is a representation of the feathered-serpent god Kukulkan. --Wikipedia

What To Do If You Are a Feathered Serpent Deity

Wear plumage to mitigate your fangs
to imply flight
suggest softness

Wear scales to camouflage your tenderness
to announce might
define dominance

©Mary Lee Hahn, 2014

Kevin has an amazing interactive poem today at Kevin's Meandering Mind.


  1. A complicated poem that shows a complicated god, or so scholars believe. I'm still wondering how much archaeologists get it right. I like the 'what to do' structure, Mary Lee.

  2. What to do poems are such fun as you must think about the object with a new out-of-the-box thought. Such as "Wear scales to camouflage your tenderness." Your dedication to the project is admirable.

  3. I thought I was going to get a post up much earlier today but life got in the way. I started with one poem, that wasn't quite working, so I broke it into two.

    "A Question"

    Did Creator God’s
    eyes twinkle
    as He watched
    small humans
    chart movement of
    His great fireball
    across earth dome
    measuring three hundred sixty-five
    two or three or ten times
    discovering precision
    of Patterns
    millions of years

    © Carol Wilcox, 2014

    Chichén Itzá”

    Great Holiness
    Humans seeking
    to understand
    Creator God
    chart movement of
    great fireball across earth dome
    then construct temple
    to honor Sacred Precision
    Great God smiles

    Great Depravity
    Humans seeking
    to please Chaak,
    giver of Rain,
    hurl bejeweled beauties
    into sinkhole wells
    human sacrifice
    Great God weeps

    © Carol Wilcox, 2014


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