PHOENIX RISING JULY P.A.D. TRAVELOG – DESTINATION: TOWER OF LONDON

 

 

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Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress, known as the Tower of London, is a historic castle located on the north bank of the River Thames in central London.  A grand palace early in its history, it served as a royal residence. As a whole, the Tower is a complex of several buildings set within two concentric rings of defensive walls and a moat. There were several phases of expansion, mainly under Kings Richard the Lionheart, Henry III, and Edward I in the 12th and 13th centuries. The general layout established by the late 13th century remains despite later activity on the site.

We begin in earnest in the Uniter Kingdom, as we visit the Tower of London. Write something on this site and an experience there. You could write from the POV of a palace guard, or a Londoner, a royal or maybe even as William the Conquerer, who had a hand in its design and construction.

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24 thoughts on “PHOENIX RISING JULY P.A.D. TRAVELOG – DESTINATION: TOWER OF LONDON

  1. […] PHOENIX RISING JULY P.A.D. TRAVELOG – DESTINATION: TOWER OF LONDON […]

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  2. HER MAJESTY’S PLACE

    Looking down upon my London,
    I see a people proud, yet unsure.
    Were there any other lineage
    for this age old city, it would be
    a pity. I am merely a stone edifice,
    a tower tall and strong. My fortress
    is their fortress although their dress
    is very different. I am stone and cement.
    They are “very clean”.
    God save the Queen!

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  3. connielpeters

    Ghosts

    For the Motherland,
    he parachuted down.
    They sat him in a chair,
    aimed and fired.
    The chair remains.
    Perhaps he sits in it today
    and chats with the ghosts of
    Henry VI, Lady Catherine,
    Dame Sybil and the grizzly bear.

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  4. […] Rising’s PAD continues the travelogue theme with a prompt on the Tower of London, which I visited with my school in 1950 or thereabouts in preparation for a […]

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  5. July 2 – The Tower of London

    So Much More

    I always thought the Tower of London
    Was just a tower where Elizabeth stayed
    Before becoming the Virgin Queen
    Although not a virgin at all

    But I was mistaken

    It seems as if the Tower of London
    Is much more complex than I thought
    Towers and castles and moats and more
    With a history that traces back a millennium

    I was surprised

    I must have been sleeping in class
    When we studied Jolly Ole England
    But thanks to this poetry challenge
    I’ve a new wrinkle on my brain

    Thanks Walt

    © 2015 Earl Parsons

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  6. William Preston

    THE TOWER OF LONDON

    This castle
    checks
    all kings and queens.

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  7. Unkindness of Ravens

    The Monarchy depends on us
    My brethren and me
    Six guardians of the Tower

    Legend says we must not leave
    Wings are clipped
    Servants prepare banquets

    All needs are met
    We are adored, pampered
    We are beautiful

    We long for the sky
    To feel the wind ruffle our feathers
    We are not free

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  8. We, The Ravens

    We
    used
    to guard
    the tower,
    Morris and Marley,
    brothers fed by Raven Master.
    Our diet, and jobs as guardians was rote,
    though we enjoyed overlooking the moat, a constant sense of guilt prevailed–we were stuck.
    Warned by Raven Master, the tower would tumble if we left, one day we heard the song of a lark; it marked our departure to freedom.

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  9. The Boys Lost in the Tower

    Old and used
    the walls whisper
    of deeds seen
    and the shadows
    of echoes
    march up and down
    the stairs.

    Some see only
    the crown jewels,
    some see
    the tears and blood
    and hear the cries
    and laughter
    of those
    lingering in residence.

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