Sunday, April 07, 2019

NPM 2019 Day 7: Paoay Church

It's Sunday, so a church inspired poem seems appropriate to share today.
Two years ago I participated in the summer poem swap sponsored by Tabatha Yeatts. This is the note and poem I wrote for one of my swap mates. The poem was based on the photo of this church.
Photo by Wowieology
Dear Iphigene, 
I know nothing about the Philippines or Manila, so in doing research to write you a poem I came across a description of Earthquake Baroque and just knew I needed to learn more. I found some pictures of churches built in this style and was quite taken with San Agustin Church of Paoay. From these photos, this poem was born.

Paoay Church

form over function
this holy misshapen pearl
built earthquake ready

no soaring spires
walls low and wide, buttressed strong
solid and weighty

strong enough to bear
world war, tremors and typhoons
beautiful she stands

Poem ©Tricia Stohr-Hunt, 2017. All rights reserved.

You can read about Earthquake Baroque at Wikipedia.

Happy Sunday all. See you tomorrow for another original poem.

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