Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette
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Poem: "Building Castles"

This poem came out of the October 18, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] janetmiles and [personal profile] technoshaman. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] technoshaman. This poem belongs to the series The 50 Poetic States, which is a manuscript in progress rather than an entry on my Serial Poetry page.


"Building Castles"


North Carolina is the first in flight, but
it also knows how to get down to Earth.

It's a region of farms and forests
and gorgeous mountains, rich in
the history of famous people and
their unparalleled, extravagant tastes.

The Biltmore Estate in North Carolina is
the largest privately owned home in America,
built by George Washington Vanderbilt II and
still owned by one of his descendants.

The Blue Ridge Mountains rise above it
to ground the Châteauesque mansion
firmly in the fertile earth, their creeks
feeding into the vineyards that coat
the sleek green slopes of the estate.

Look up, look down, and see
the union of these opposites
unfolding all around you.

It's about building castles,
not in the sky,

but right here on Earth.

* * *

Notes:

North Carolina is the home of the Biltmore Estate, which you can visit here.  The Châteauesque mansion is surrounded by vineyards.

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