NaPoWriMo Day 11- The sleeping giant

“Following up on yesterday’s love poem, I have for you another deceptively simple challenge. Today, I’d like to challenge you to write a poem about a very large thing. It could be a mountain or a blue whale or a skyscraper or a planet or the various contenders for the honour of being the Biggest Ball of Twine. Whatever giant thing you choose, I hope this chance to versify in praise of the huge gets your poetic engines humming.’

My poem for the day – The sleeping giant

On a warm, summer's day
What a drill it was
to climb up the hill
to see the metallic dragon.

There it lay on a two-wheeled carriage 
A behemoth of a creature
languishing in the sun
awaiting its salvation.

An existential crisis-
the sleeping giant,
had never been called to action
since the day he was born!

What good is it being a cannon
with the longest snout 
and the widest mouth
If it hasn't ever breathed fire?
A picture of the back of the world’s largest cannon taken during my visit to Jaigarh Fort, Rajasthan.

Deemed to be the world’s largest and most deadliest cannon, ‘Jaivana’ has a 29 ft long barrel and weighs 50 tonnes. An interesting fact about the cannon is that it was made in the 18th century to protect the State from invaders. The cannon was used once to test its capability and it resulted in creating a depression on the land which is now a lake. To read more about it, you can click here.

I saw the cannon during our recent holiday to Rajasthan in January, this year. The prompt provided the perfect opportunity to talk about something that may be a humongous waste it does not receive attention.

To read about our trip to Rajasthan, you can click here.

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13 responses to “NaPoWriMo Day 11- The sleeping giant”

  1. Andrea Stephenson Avatar

    I love the way you weave the dragon imagery through the poem Smitha, which results in that very satisfying last line about never breathing fire!

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      My lucky day…you’ve read so many of the poems. Thank you for making the time. I appreciate it very much,Andrea.
      It’s wonderful to know you enjoyed the poem.
      P.S My trip to the top of the fort on that sunny day served some purpose🙂.

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  2. Vineetha Brijesh Avatar

    This is an interesting one Smitha.I loved the last two paragraphs.

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Thanks so much, dear Vineetha. I’m pleased you found it interesting.

      Like

  3. robbiesinspiration Avatar

    HI Smitha, thanks for sharing this interesting piece of history and a great poem to go with it.

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Hi Robbie, thank you! I’m so pleased you enjoyed the history that came with the poem. The prompt provided me the opportunity to draw attention to something that has not been given the credit it deserves.

      Like

  4. Manja Maksimovič Avatar

    If you ask me, the best kind of weapon is an idle weapon. Let idle dragons sleep! 🙂

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      I totally agree 🙂 It needs to be preserved as as historical treasure.

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  5. Dan Antion Avatar

    Good job on the prompt.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Thank you, Dan. It’s great to hear.

      Liked by 1 person

  6. Expressions Espresso Avatar

    It’s amazing what you’ve done with today’s prompt! The last line is a zinger!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Thank you, Garima. Your comment allows me to go to bed, content.

      Liked by 1 person

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