When city-dwelling architecture reigns,
It stacks the masses high in cozy crates
That simulate the Aztec’s vast domains,
Or towers reaching up to Heaven’s gates.
Come see apartments in the sky
Where Falcons home
As birds of feather flock
From bottom to the top
The architects create fine living space,
As density creates a jumbled stew,
Where even birds succumb to urban life
When city-dwelling architecture reigns.
This is an Ekphrastic poem in that, it is created based upon the inspiration of this photograph. I loved the juxtaposition of the bird apartment with the modern apartments in Minneapolis. The one reminded me of an Aztec pyramid temple. The other a stylish tower. My reference to crates is to reflect that, no matter how stylish the exterior, an apartment is still a box. I hope you caught the simile of the birds of a feather. I also hinted, with a metaphor, to the tower of Babel. Another aspect is that, as architects create, so does the very fact of density. These days too, Peregrine Falcons are nesting on skyscrapers and other towers.
This poem is a Dorsimbra. I was introduced to it today while reviewing Flylikeaneagle’s poem, Shining Lights.
The Dorsimbra, a poetry form created by Eve Braden, Frieda Dorris and Robert Simonton. So, by combining their names you get Dorsimbra. It is a set form of three stanzas of four lines each. Since the Dorsimbra requires three different sorts of form writing, enjambment can help to achieve fluidity between stanzas, while internal rhymes and near-rhymes can help tie the stanzas together. (You can Google ENJAMBMENT, and IAMBIC PENTAMETER).
Stanza One: Four lines of iambic pentameter, rhymed abab.
Stanza Two: Four lines of short and snappy free verse.
Stanza Three: Four lines of iambic pentameter blank verse, where the last line repeats the first line of Stanza One.
This photograph was taken by the author himself on February 20, 2016.