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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: South America (02/05/09)

TITLE: Let's Go to Machu Picchu
By Verna Cole Mitchell


When you were just a little chap,
Did any teacher teach you
About a city in Peru
With name of Machu Picchu?

The Incas built a fortress there
So many years ago,
Before a time remembered—
Six centuries or so.

This citadel of ancient times,
High in the Andes Mountains,
Between two peaks is nestling
Above some sparkling fountains.

The English meaning of the place,
“Old Peak,” describes it well.
I’d love to be a listener
For stories it could tell.

Beside the Urubamba Gorge,
They used huge stones for walls
And terraced hillsides that were fed
By nature’s waterfalls.

This was a place of safety for
An Incan population.
Conquistadores seeking them
Could not find this location.

Their worship here was symbolized
By temple to their sun god.
It’s sad to know this people lacked
The knowledge of the One God.

I doubt that those who built it here
Imagined it would be
Abandoned by inhabitants
Within one century.

Lost city of the Incas was
Discovered once again
In early nine-teen hundreds
By a Yale historian.

So one day when you’re feeling bored
And don’t know what to do,
Just close your eyes and dream with me
Of journey to Peru.

From the Temple of Three Windows
We’ll see scenery dramatic,
And we’ll visit age-old places
At this city enigmatic.

But if you navigate stone steps
(One hundred flights will do it),
You’ll have to try them by yourself;
I’m simply not up to it.

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Joanne Sher 02/12/09
Wonderful history lesson - and that last stanza is darling and sweet and just right.
Shirley McClay 02/13/09
I'm not a poet so I have no input on that part... but wow.. you got a lot of info in here! I learned from it.
Beth LaBuff 02/16/09
This is very clever, light, containing a lot of internal information. You really took me there.. I'll stay at the bottom with you and watch others climb. :)
Jan Ackerson 02/17/09
I can't tell you how much I loved the rhymes of Piccu/teach you and dramatic/enigmatic. This was so much fun to read! I chose the smae setting, but our entries couldn't be more different. I had great fun reading yours!
Eliza Evans 02/17/09
Reading your poems is like sitting with a good friend... I always feel better afterwards. :)

What a wonderful gift!

Thank you so much for sharing.
Mona Purvis02/17/09
Just very fresh and inviting. Not a chore to read, lovely in fact. Has it all, good rhyme, good info, and fun as well.
Loved it.
Dee Yoder 02/18/09
So much information, delightfully presented! It doesn't get better than that. I agree: your poetry is like visiting with a good friend!
Laury Hubrich 02/18/09
Oh man. I don't know how you pack in so much information into a poem that keeps my attention! Wow! Fun and informative entry!
Chely Roach02/18/09
This was mind-boggling. Fantasic writing!
Angela M. Baker-Bridge02/19/09
What a fun way to teach! Love the ending :)
LauraLee Shaw02/19/09
You outdid yourself here! Wowzer! Congrats on your EC!
Leah Nichols 02/19/09
I love the last stanza - unexpected but super fun. You definitely have incredible talent to come up with such fun rhymes. Congrats on your EC!
Beth LaBuff 02/19/09
...I knew this was something special. I'm so glad it is receiving recognition. Congrats dear Verna!
Edy T Johnson 07/06/10
Now, find an illustrator and turn this into a children's book. They'd love it and learn from it just like us grown-ups. Dittos to all the other comments, especially Jan's (such clever rhymes!). "Teach you" and "Picchu" caught my eye, too, and gave me a chuckle. I also want to thank you once again, this time for commenting on my "Falling Waters...." article. I appreciate you!