How History Works

Now that the Academy Awards are finally over, and the suspense of who will get the Oscar decided, the world can move on to other, weightier issues. In this vein, I give you the following from my favorite poet:


how history works


they raged against it,

that steel abomination,

that industrial phallus upthrust,

poised to rape the Parisian sky.


it was the artists and writers

who denounced it,

the aesthetes who wanted it pulled down.


and almost,

it was.

after the World’s Fair,

no longer needed

to celebrate the power of the Revolution,

the tower was promised to the scrap yard.


then someone said,

“well, we could put a radio antenna up there.”


p ferenczi

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11 Responses to How History Works

  1. Betty says:

    Hi Jorge,
    I didn\’t know that.  It would have been a great loss to me if they had.  Thank you for the poem.  You and your favorite poet always give me something new to think about.

  2. Ilka says:

    Hi Jorge:
    Very interesting poem.
    PS. Thanks for the visit, sorry I took so long to answer your comment. Thanks, I like to have my space in two languages, and if I knew anymore I would probably add them also. ^_^ Take care!

  3. Holy says:

    …or 4 million tourists on a hot summer day such as the one such day I happened to do my little tour to the top.
    Mais c\’est la vie dans la grande, belle ville de Paris sur un jour d\’été chaud, surtout a la Tour Eiffel, n\’est ce pas? 

  4. Beth says:

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  5. Marie says:

    I loved the "Mexican Grandma" joke. 
    Hugs, Marie

  6. Cheryl says:

    I just love that "FAVORITE POET YOU HAVE"…Tell him to keep it up…he is doing a great job.

  7. K says:

    Une belle journée à Paris… comment la vie est belle?  Une promenade sue Les Champs Elysée, un petit vin, une vie Parisenne…. voila… une belle vie!
    I have never been to Paris but it is on my must visit list.  Wonderful poem Jorge.
    Hope this finds you well!

  8. linda says:

    it is so beautiful to look out my window and see the white snow capped mountains here in Santa Clara Valley
    White is all colors………a rainbow of snow.
    all is going rapidly well for us, bless you and your prayers…….I am off to neverland in my dreams now.  Peace Linda (big kiss)

  9. Jungle Mama says:

    This is great!  I have only seen it sparkling against a night skyline, but that was beautiful too.

  10. Theresa says:

    Love it!  😉  Have an awesome weekend!! – Theresa

  11. Gelati Farms says:

    Very funny.  See?!?!  I know if I scrolled down enough I would find something.
    I have a very platonic sort of crush on the mind of your favourite poet…

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