Gold Statue [15 Words or Less]

Hello, and welcome! This is 15 Words or Less Poems, a low-pressure way to wake up your poetry brain (guidelines here), and I’m very glad you’re here. 

Randy and I went on a wonderful tour of the Minnesota State Capitol building (a couple of blocks from our home) a couple of weeks ago. Here’s Quadriga, the golden statue that adorns the upper front level.

Photo: Laura P. Salas

 This image makes me think of several things:

  1. the tour guide told us many raptors use that level as an overnight feeding spot, and there were a couple of carcasses near this gilded beauty
  2. King Midas
  3. the recent election

And here’s my first draft.  There’s no easy answer to our complex problem of homelessness, but the contrasts between people in our city is painful to witness.

It’s your turn! Have fun and stick to 15 WORDS OR LESS! (Title doesn’t count toward word count.)

I’m in Houston for NCTE, so I won’t be here this week. Have fun writing and reading!Save

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11 Responses

  1. Powerful words Laura and my first thought was Ben Hur. Then your verse brought to mind a quote by Thomas Dekker (had to look up the author), “a mask of gold hides all deformities.”

    Optical Illusion

    It’s beautiful, it’s bright
    underneath lies
    suffering;
    hunger, sunken eyes
    void of love’s light.

  2. Love your observation. I’ve never been to Minnesota.…maybe I’ll try in summer.

    her lucky number
    was four…like a quadriga
    charging full gallop

  3. Poem by Jessica Bigi

    The Minster

    His hooves of
    golden dollars
    lead his country
    into ruins

  4. OSCAR NIGHT
    by Dianne Moritz

    On Oscar night
    I’ll watch the show,
    but most winners
    I won’t know!

  5. “People wear winter”–that line carries so much weight (and an important reminder on a snowy day like today.)

    Quadriga

    Sun-bronzed horses
    frozen in mid-gallop,
    Charioteer’s arm saluting
    our eternal ambition.

  6. This was a long time festering, deleted and then just appeared. It shouldn’t have been a long process, and it wasn’t when it finally arrived. Lol!

    Bronzed are his fingers
    and gilded his toes,
    Polished his chariot
    and even steed’s nose.

  7. I guess you can imagine Pegasus for my poem. Wish I had time to comment, but best laid plans and all.

    Keep watch at midnight.
    Golden horses take flight
    for a minute of fun
    until 12:01.

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