January 24, 2105 smallstone “Twins”


library lions

Today’s prompt: Write a poem about twins (two of something or two similar events) where the first and last lines are the same. I thought about pairs of objects and eventually remembered the two lions guarding the entrance to the New York Public Library. A bit of research led me to the information that the are known as Patience and Fortitude.

With Patience and Fortitude,
twin statues of marble
wait together in stillness
as city life passes by.

In ancient times, lions of stone
stood guard over royalty
and palaces, but here
they mark the sacred spot,
a tradition of knowledge
stretching back over time,
protecting infinite treasures
with Patience and Fortitude.


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