PHOENIX RISING JULY P.A.D. TRAVELOG – DESTINATION: POETRY (THE ALAMO)

The Alamo

The Alamo

The Alamo, in San Antonio, Texas, is one of the state’s most iconic landmarks. It draws 2.5 million visitors every year. People tour the grounds of this cultural museum to learn about the pivotal role it played in Texas’ struggle for independence. Not only does it have a compelling fundamental story, but research yields many little-known pieces of information.

In the early 1700s, the Spanish military built the Alamo to serve as a mission. Mexico gained independence from Spain. The Alamo was the scene of a pivotal battle in the fight for the independence of Texas from Mexico. In the early 1800s, Texas belonged to Mexico. During the Texas war for independence from Mexico, Spanish troops occupied the abandoned building, now used as a fortress, calling it Alamo. The word álamo is Spanish for cottonwood (a type of tree that grows in the area).

Your mission is to write a “Remember the Alamo” type of poem.  You certainly can use the actual Alamo, or San Antonio or Texas or revolution or… you get my drift. And when in San Antonio, tell Paula Wanken “Howdy!”

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16 thoughts on “PHOENIX RISING JULY P.A.D. TRAVELOG – DESTINATION: POETRY (THE ALAMO)

  1. William Preston

    ANOTHER VIEW OF THE ALAMO

    Winners
    write history,
    which makes me wonder
    what it is that the Mexicans
    recall.

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  2. July 15 – The Alamo

    The Awesome Mission

    Saw it first on furlough from basic
    Way back in early ‘74
    Visited an Airman friend of mine
    In ’78 and saw it once more
    Saw it at night in late 2001
    At our daughter’s military graduation
    Last year a visit with our son in Austin
    Our last trip to this historical mission
    It is an awesome place to see
    Full of gut wrenching history
    So many brave men gave their all
    The evidence of battle all over the walls

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  4. Catch up…three here…

    https://wordrustling.wordpress.com/2015/07/15/three-for-phoenix-rising-travelog/

    Thank you, Walt for the places…I always end up researching and learning more about these places than I knew before…win, win! :)’s

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  5. connielpeters

    Combining prompts today. Poetic Asides had pie. 🙂

    Fresh-baked apple pie
    Sweet and tart, delicious
    Remember the a la mode!

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  6. Remember The Alamo

    I could not live in Texas,
    because I would constantly
    be worried about forgetting
    The Alamo. I know it is
    a place where a battle
    for independence
    was fought. So I ought
    to remember it. But even
    in Texas, people age,
    and sometimes forget
    places and faces. It would
    just be my luck to forget
    places, like the . . . ?

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  7. A little bird told me that some creative-types were making their rounds in “my back yard” here in San Antonio! Couldn’t help but share a couple poems with you, though they’re not new. One is from earlier this year, the other from a couple years ago. Enjoy your “visit to San Antonio”!

    https://whenwordsescape.wordpress.com/2015/04/23/remembering-at-the-alamo/

    https://whenwordsescape.wordpress.com/2013/06/07/san-antonio/

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  8. BOWIE: MAKING THE CUT?

    American pioneer,
    soldier, smuggler,
    slave trader,
    land speculator,
    prominent in Texas
    Revolution,
    no solution, he
    met his end at
    the Battle of the Alamo.
    Claims as a fighter;
    frontiersman,
    real and non,
    Texas legend.
    folk hero of Americana.

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