Archetiture of a City

 

Horses out H.B. Memorial Lib. July 2014

Architecture of a City

 

One horse is what you need for a town,

two for a city.

Under a tree, in front of the (recently old) library,

two horses, McDonald’s out of view (on the left).

You can see the Architecture of this building

was reasonably modern.

A stain-glass window on the upper level, depicting

the rising sun (we’re the city nearest the meridian).

There was much controversy surrounding

this window. And now the building

has been demolished, (not because of the window):

they said it will be reinstalled in the library rebuilt

over the past year. And rebuilt – our Memorial Hall

and the Council buildings this year. At what expense

but readily funded. The tree that stood in front of the

old library building has gone, the horses

haven’t been seen outside McDonald’s in

quite a long time and the new library entry now

embraces all this space. Oh, yes we have grown.

But some things don’t change; children voices

ringing in new and old places. The horses won’t

be too far from the city, perhaps on the beach.

It’s the best of both worlds, Tairawhiti: “the tides

that are shone on. The tides of time, the tides of

our shoreline, renewed and renewing our city.

 

Benita  Kape © 11.4.2018

Tairawhiti  usually known as Gisborne (NZ)

The new library building is due to open later this month. I can’t get the video to open here but if you go to this face book page and scroll down just a little you will hear this lovely education session with the children. It has the words Matariki, 2017 on it.

https://www.facebook.com/GisborneLibrary/

And here the link to the prompt which brought this poem into being.

Poetics: Urban Renewal

 

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14 thoughts on “Archetiture of a City

  1. Love the changes and renewal of the city through the years ~ Specially admire your ending lines:

    It’s the best of both worlds, “Tairawhiti”: the tides

    that are shone on. The tides of time, the tides of

    our shoreline, renewed and renewing our city.

    Like

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