Spire from History

I am blessed to tower above many,
as thousands sit below me every year.

I’ve been a long proponent of freedom,
pealing out my beliefs since 1750.

My fame is from my history,   
my role in a famous midnight ride.

Visit me on Patriots Day’s Eve
and you’ll see me glowing with pride.

Written for dVerse, the virtual pub for poets around the globe. Today, Bjorn asks us to write a poem that is a riddle, using personification for abstract or innate objects.

The answer to my riddle?

The steeple of Old North Church in Boston. Established in 1723, the enduring fame of Old North began on the evening of April 18, 1775, when the church sexton, Robert Newman, and Vestryman Capt. John Pulling, Jr. climbed the steeple and held high two lanterns aloft as a signal from Paul Revere that the British were marching to Lexington and Concord by sea across the Charles River and not by land. This fateful event ignited the American Revolution and was later etched into poetic history by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere. We are members of Old North, humbled to sit in her box pews for services. We’ve climbed the very steep stairs to reach the heavy long ropes attached to her eight bells, which first rang in 1750. You’d have to climb up further, on ladders, to reach the bells! In his youth, Paul Revere was a bell ringer at Old North.

Also shared with NAPOWRIMO Day 21.

Photo is from the Eve of Patriots Day this past week. It is the one night every year, that lanterns light up the steeple again.

12 thoughts on “Spire from History

  1. Helen April 21, 2022 / 5:15 pm

    Thank you for the answer!!! I was struggling a wee bit, your poem is beautifully composed.


  2. Rob Kistner April 21, 2022 / 7:31 pm

    Excellent Lil! Left me proud… 🙂


  3. rothpoetry April 21, 2022 / 9:17 pm

    Very well-done Lillian! Initially I thought it to be a tree, but then the Midnight Ride gave it away. It must be very special to go to church there!


  4. Ingrid April 22, 2022 / 12:16 am

    Even I recognise this spire, and I’m one of those pesky British 🤣


  5. Shawna April 22, 2022 / 10:01 am

    I especially love the second couplet.


  6. Vidya Tiru April 22, 2022 / 6:13 pm

    having the picture helped, and your words already formed a pretty picture in mind before i saw the photo itself


  7. msjadeli April 22, 2022 / 10:26 pm

    Very neat riddle with such deep history that lives on in the answer.


  8. paeansunplugged April 23, 2022 / 3:26 am

    We were taught Paul Revere’s Ride in school and it filled me with awe then! Your words on e again evoked that awe, Lillian. Beautiful piece of history.


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