Here is the third installment of my NaPoWriMo 2015 poem challenge. I wrote a poem a day for the entire month of April, all of which I’ve posted to Instagram and am now compiling here. Check out the first installment here and the second here.
For this series of poems, I was inspired by history, natural phenomena, and fairy tales.
Enjoy! Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram @storiesforghosts.
Day 15: Lampa, Peru, is a fascinating place I hope to visit one day. This poem was inspired by the tomb of Enrique Torres Belon. He had the skeletons of buried villagers dug up and used to decorate his tomb. Lampa Who plucked us from the earth, For our cool, snug graves? We lived our lives, Unfurling and blossoming and reaching to the sky Until the sun set and winter touched us each Tracing a small cross on our foreheads, Bidding us to rest. We obeyed the laws of heaven And we were happy to burrow down Like roots, anchoring the future. But now, it was all for nothing. Who was this man who strung us up Inside a great stone column Where there is nothing, Not even the wind visits To rattle through our ribs, our teeth. No, we are silent. We do not move We cannot unfurl and blossom and reach for the sky. We hang side by side Like faded tapestries of Stories no one remembers. And now he sleeps, oblivious Of our empty black eyes Searching the sky for justice. #lampaperu #peru #tomb #ossuarytomb #skeletons #burial #dead #creepy #morbid #macabre #poem #poet #poetry #poemcommunity #poetrychallenge #poetsofinstagram #amwriting #napowrimo #aprilpoems