I know your silhouette so well,
your Baroque rotundity a pearl
that has adorned the skyline
for three centuries and more,
and survived the destructive fires of war.
You have witnessed eminent
weddings, funerals and celebrations,
of which reverberations
still whisper round your gallery,
an everlasting litany.
Kim M. Russell, 2017
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This weekend I am hosting the Weekend Mini Challenge, which was inspired by one of my favourite poems by Philip Larkin: ‘The Building. What I like about it is the way in which the poem conveys the physical appearance and atmosphere of a hospital without once using the term ‘hospital’, through the use of certain words and connotations.
This weekend’s mini challenge is to write about a building. It could be a specific building with a name that we would all know without directly naming it. It could be a church, a school or a building in which you have lived. It could be a department store, a government building or a concert hall. It is up to the reader to work out what the building is. Our poems do not have to consist of nine stanzas like Larkin’s and can be in any form we choose, but they must be new poems.
See if you can work out which building I have written about!