Thursday, January 11, 2007

Conquistador Pat

Like a Spanish explorer, or conquistador,
I claimed this plot of ground as mine.

I planted a mailbox like a flag,
with an address as a coat of arms.

Borders were set with neighbors right and left,
and allies established across an asphalt sea.

I defend it against mice and ants—natives
that refuse to civilize to higher standards.

The gold of flowers and birdsong are plundered
for consummation by my eyes and ears.

Posterity will consider the worth of this venture,
and settle the spoils of conquistador Pat.


Poetry by Kai said...


Anonymous said...

Just wait till them Yankees move in up North.... :-)

Russell Ragsdale said...

Very metaphorical. Good one Pat!

Tongue in Cheek Antiques said...

Home sweet home, with a picket fence and a dog wagging his tail.

jel said...


Borut said...

Enjoyed. We all have our own personal myths!:)

Anonymous said...

personal spaces!!

JaneDoughnut said...

Nice. I always thought land was the only thing of any value. But eventually that's proven impermanant as well.

Anonymous said...

this one made me smile but there's a deeper meaning in there.
love it, pat!

J. Andrew Lockhart said...

I've been needing to have my mail box changed --- can you come do it? :)
I really like this!

Anonymous said...


Cathy said...

You'll be put down in the history books now!

Anonymous said...

Yes, conquerors all!

Pat Paulk said...

Thanks Kai!!

Vaughn, they best be careful, southerners harbor long grudges.

Thanks Russell, just playing around.

Corey that it is!! No picket fence or dogs, anymore.One mean ass cat though!!

Thanks Janice!! Stay warm this weekend!!

Borut, you are right!!

Gautami, exactly!!

Isn't it all Janedoughnut, isn't it all.

Glad to make you smile Polona!! Depth all the way to the sewer line, at least.

Andrew, it would be an honor to install your mailbox. The key is not getting bit by the baby moccasin hiding in the rotted wood of the old one.

Richard, OK!!

Cathy, I'll be the dust inside the pages.

Aren't we all. Thanks Joyce!!

MB said...

Thanks for the chuckle this gave me to start my hectic day yesterday! Where's your golden helmet?? ;-) I love your playful takes.