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!
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~
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!
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;
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.
No mystical animals roam the fields
though it is the land of the leprechaun.
Irish accents of varying kinds
with rounded cadence fall
on your ears as you stand in view
of Belfast’s City Hall.
© Chattinatti 2016
Belfast Scenes 🙂
Inside Belfast City Hall