NaPoWriMo Poetry Challenge Day 16: “Belfast”

Today, I challenge you to fill out, in no more than five minutes, the following “Almanac Questionnaire,” which solicits concrete details about a specific place (real or imagined). Then write a poem incorporating or based on one or more of your answers. Happy writing!

Almanac Questionnaire

Weather: Grey, cold and overcast

Flora: cherry blossom trees

Architecture: old Victorian buildings

Customs: Drinking at the pub

Mammals/reptiles/fish: Haddock, Horses, Cod, dogs and cats

Animal from a myth: Unicorn

You walk to the border and hear: Irish accents
Picture on your city’s postcard: Belfast City Hall


Queens University Belfast

Queens University Belfast~


Belfast ~

The weather is grey and overcast,

well…at least it’s consistent.

As people brace against the cold

they wonder why winter’s so insistent.


The  calendar says it’s April; it’s spring!                      10153690_10152253797508632_418011399_n

But despite the Cherry Blossom trees

people are bundled in winter coats and

the old Victorian buildings have hail on the eaves.


Many fancy their time in the pubs

a pint of ale with fish and chips;              12512469_10153898054073632_1512134471270820483_n

some mushy peas all green and thick;

don’t play the ponies without some tips!


You’ll see haddock, horses, dogs and cats.

I doubt you’ll see a unicorn.                     Scrabo Field

No mystical animals roam the fields

though it is the land of the leprechaun.


Irish accents of varying kinds

with rounded cadence fall            city-hall-belfast

on your ears as you stand in view

of Belfast’s City Hall.


© Chattinatti 2016

❤ CN

Belfast Scenes 🙂


Belfast City Hall InsideInside Belfast City Hall




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