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A tower to the sky

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bsquirrel
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0 posted 08-27-2003 01:35 PM       View Profile for bsquirrel   Email bsquirrel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for bsquirrel

clink! clink!
clong! clong!
we're building
a tower to the sky.

don't look back
or down the stairs.
keep on facing on
and up.

ask no questions
and no answers.
follow up,
follow up.

pass the hammer and the nails,
the rivets and the wrenches.
we're building, building, building, building
a tower to the sky.

hoist that heavy pail this way,
full of screws and fasteners.
keep the structure growing, growing.
build no ceiling, build no ceiling.

see how high we can reach.
higher, higher, higher.
build it up, build it up.
higher, higher, higher.

the floors should keep expanding -- more!
the walls should shame all other walls.
the stairs should wind and twist and climb
and climb and climb and climb and climb.

keep it growing! make it work!
push it farther! farther! farther!
reinforce it! raise it up!
build no ceiling! build no ceiling!

let the weather smack its sides.
blot the blue out with its height.
tear a hole straight through the sun.
our tower in the sky!

do not ask us why we're building.
grab a hammer and start pounding!
join in! higher! higher! higher!
keep it growing! keep it growing!

don't look back
or down the stairs.
keep on facing on
and up.

ask no questions
and no answers.
follow up!
follow up!

keep the structure growing, growing!
build no ceiling! build no ceiling!
see how high we can reach.
higher! higher! higher!
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1 posted 08-27-2003 02:11 PM       View Profile for Wind   Email Wind   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Wind

MY interpretation- humanity keeps building and inventing and growing and we are all headed for nowhere.

soo..my beliefs are depressing but, well we all have our opinions. great poem, as usual

insanity is not a crime

bsquirrel
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2 posted 08-27-2003 03:04 PM       View Profile for bsquirrel   Email bsquirrel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for bsquirrel

Now that I think about it, this reminds me of an older poem. A tower to the sky was inspired by an image in Fellini's 8 1/2. The one below was inspired by Herzog's Fitzcarraldo.


Pull that boat over the mountain

The river hits the trees.

Pull that boat over the mountain.

Break all roots within the way.
Blow up rocks and burst debris.
Post pylons. Wrap the weight.

Pull that boat over the mountain.

Burn the coal and lock the chains,
tighten links in strength's restrain.
Snap the saplings at their seams.
Cut them flat. Hull new seas.

Pull that boat over the mountain.
Some may die. Hoist the load.
Turn the crank. Pulley pull.
Some may die. Hoist the load.
Drag the boat. Drag the boat.

Pull that boat over the mountain.




Eeek, am I repeating myself?

[This message has been edited by bsquirrel (08-27-2003 03:05 PM).]

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3 posted 08-27-2003 03:19 PM       View Profile for Wind   Email Wind   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Wind

no...I don't think so. I see different things. but we are different people. you aren't usualy repedeative.

insanity is not a crime

Aenimal
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4 posted 08-27-2003 04:14 PM       View Profile for Aenimal   Email Aenimal   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Aenimal

Funny you thought Fellini i thought South Park when the kids build a ladder to heaven..er nevermind. Believe it or not I like Italian surrealism, French films aaaaaand south park..quite a mix no?
Nicole
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5 posted 08-27-2003 09:30 PM       View Profile for Nicole   Email Nicole   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Nicole

I just want to say that I dig the onomatopoeia, "clong" is such a great word!

  Dig it!
littlewing
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6 posted 08-28-2003 11:12 AM       View Profile for littlewing   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for littlewing

Mikey, I thought the same thing as Liz,
kind of like big city societal power

will have to check those out
xxoo
 
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