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Poem: "El Zócalo"

This is the freebie for today's Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by a prompt from aldersprig and an odd bit of Mexican history.


El Zócalo


The square in the heart of the city stands empty.

There was a statue there, once,
erected in honor of Señora Sabiduría
with her gold and red robes
and the Book of Knowledge in her hand.

When the people abandoned wisdom for dogma,
Señora Sabiduría came to life,
stepped down from her pedestal,
and stalked away into the the desert beyond the city.

The square in the heart of the city stands empty,
except for the abandoned pedestal ...

but sometimes, girls go walking in the desert.

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aldersprig From: aldersprig Date: January 3rd, 2012 09:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
<3 this! :-D
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: January 4th, 2012 07:42 am (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

I'm happy to hear it.

Because, after all, why should desert wisdom be reserved for men alone?
the_vulture From: the_vulture Date: January 4th, 2012 11:25 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thank you!

Aside from Jim Morrison, it almost seems like men go out to the desert to get dogma, not wisdom. (I'm thinkin' Moses, here.)
siege From: siege Date: January 4th, 2012 05:02 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thank you!

The desert is an open space where you can see the horizon all around. It's a hard place to survive, where every day is based around hiding from the heat and looking for water. Food is wherever the shade is, of course.

If I were searching for wisdom, however, well, I've pared survival down to the minimum a city can provide for someone who owns little or nothing there.

I'd go to the forest, where there is so much richness that it's hard to see the whole and the individual at one time. I'm pretty sure that kind of awareness is important for me. Also, "to the trees" or "seek the trees" was a pretty constant theme for me last year, even though I couldn't get there... and it's lingering still, since I never did get out to meet them in their own places.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: January 4th, 2012 10:21 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thank you!

Yes, I tend to favor forests for that kind of meditation. My connection to deserts is more secondhand from my characters, but over the years I've developed a taste for that too.
the_vulture From: the_vulture Date: January 6th, 2012 03:44 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thank you!

For me, it's the ocean. The gentle heartbeat of the surf does much to help one empty one's thoughts.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: January 6th, 2012 06:39 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thank you!

Yes, I love the ocean for that too, although I've only gotten to visit a handful of times.
the_vulture From: the_vulture Date: January 6th, 2012 08:56 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thank you!

You're always welcome to visit. I'll happily take you on a tour of the Hopewell Rocks. :)
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: January 7th, 2012 09:19 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thank you!

Ah, I wish I could. We don't get to travel much these days, though.
the_vulture From: the_vulture Date: January 11th, 2012 04:13 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thank you!

Yeah, travel can be a bit difficult these days. :(
aldersprig From: aldersprig Date: January 4th, 2012 01:52 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thank you!

:-)

the_vulture From: the_vulture Date: January 4th, 2012 11:23 am (UTC) (Link)
This is an interesting narrative that speaks of how folk wisdom is passed from generation to generation, often behind the backs of the dominant social authority.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: January 4th, 2012 10:46 pm (UTC) (Link)

Yes...

Folklore is the river that flows around the rocks.
the_vulture From: the_vulture Date: January 6th, 2012 03:42 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes...

...and soaks into the skin.
purplefrog26 From: purplefrog26 Date: January 4th, 2012 05:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeehaw! This made me grin.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: January 4th, 2012 10:19 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

I'm glad to hear that.
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