For the letter Q, I bring to you the quintessential Qutb Minar (also spelled Qutub Minar), one of the many historical landmarks of India that has withstood the test of time, and likely will have some of our descendants looking at it in wonder too. And of course, like with the rest of the alphabet, I also bring you a poetry themed book for the letter – Billy Collins’ Questions About Angels
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Quintessential Qutub Minar: Questions From a Future Architect
To the sky
I wonder who
I wonder why too
And yes, I wonder how
Someone built this tower then
Years ago before modern tech
Well, centuries before actually!
I have heard stories tell of the Ghurids
Who hailed from a nation west of India
Qutb-ud-din-Aibak began this minaret
Most likely – it is said, in eleven ninety nine.
Other sultans reigning after built other stories
Each one adding not just layers, but enriching history.
telling tales of ancient times and of people who lived then and since
This minaret is and was the tallest one made of bricks ever built
How and when led to a cool mix of cultures and architectures for sure
And that is the Qutub Minar we see now, others saw in twenty thirty four.
~ Vidya @ LadyInReadWrites
The Day 20 NaPoWriMo Prompt
Day 20’s prompt is: Have you ever heard someone wonder what future archaeologists, whether human or from alien civilization, will make of us? Today, I’d like to challenge you to answer that question in poetic form, exploring a particular object or place from the point of view of some far-off, future scientist? The object or site of study could be anything from a “World’s Best Grandpa” coffee mug to a Pizza Hut, from a Pokemon poster to a cellphone.
So I approached writing about the Qutb Minar from the questioning mind of someone in a future ages from now in this poem.
References and Further Reading
My Q Books
Questions About Angels
Questions About Angels: Poems by Billy Collins (Poetry)
Description: Questions About Angels–one of the books that helped establish and secure Billy Collin’s reputation and popularity during the 1990s–is remarkable for its wry, inquisitive voice and its sheer imaginative range.
My Quick Thoughts: From the titular poem to the … well, every other single one of the poems in this collection, Collins’ genius shines through each one. I loved Forgetfulness, as well as Cliche, and One Life to Live; totally enjoyed The Death of Allegory, Reading Myself to Sleep, and well, no point naming every poem in this book, right? It is a great selection within, so read it!