Golden Shovel

08 Jul

Golden shovel poem- Ode to the Artichoke by Pablo Neruda.

Borrow a poem (or stanza) and write it out vertically, on the right side of the page. Use those words as the last words for each line of your poem.


They say it had to be thus,

Tying up floating loose ends

Through violence and force, in

The name of an everlasting peace.

To be another witness to this,

To have made it my career,

To be a nameless perpetrator, of

Such hideous crimes, against the

Citizens who were never armed,

Holding in their hands a mere vegetable,

The lone fruit of the labours which

They struggled for in vain. It is

Said to be a necessary tragedy, called

The inevitable repercussion of an

accursed action: the murder of an artichoke.

1 Comment

Posted by on July 8, 2013 in Poetry


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One response to “Golden Shovel

  1. rosedandrea

    August 8, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    An interesting prompt. You handled it well, very visual. 🙂


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