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Pic and a Word #292: Rocky

Today a real-life poem and photos from the Colosseum, but only from the outside. Inside is just a bunch of rocks.

The Colosseum 

“It’s nothing but rocks,” says he,
Rome born and bred.
“No, I have never been inside,
why would I go?”

He still takes me to see it
on my first visit,
immediately after
Giardino degli Aranci. 

Might be rocks,
but they are carefully arranged.
I take a photo of him in front.
It’s the first I ever do.

I know the real reason though.
It’s the same as mine:
we’d share the pain of millions
and wouldn’t like this. 

Not long after we settle in Tuscany,
he needs to go in, for work.
He is an electrician.
Specialist in power theft.

The photos are from the only three occasions when I got to pass the Colosseum on foot: on my first visit in 2012 when I took my first photo of amore, once at night, and once with visitors. One photo was taken from the hop on/hop off bus. I have never been inside.

It just hit me: next year it will be ten years! 😮

Today you need to click on a photo to see the caption. Don’t ask me why. I like this photo layout but somehow captions are in hiding.

In response to Patrick Jennings’ Pic and a Word Challenge #292: Rocky

This day in my blogging history


Published by Manja Maksimovič

A Slovenian in Italy for love. Blogger, photographer, translator and would-be writer who would be a writer if she wrote. Plus reluctant but emerging poet. Beware.

28 thoughts on “Pic and a Word #292: Rocky

  1. Love the photos but you hooked me with the poem. Those last two lines just make the whole poem. Grounds it in reality and positions the colosseum as a tourist trap simultaneously. Amazing 😁

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  2. I think it’s an amazing structure, and yes, I have been inside! I don’t recall thinking it was a pile of rocks – quite the contrary, I was impressed by the Romans’ building of it and how much still stands today 🙂

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  4. Hi Manja! How are you? Thought I’d do the rounds, ha ha! Gorgeous photos of this awe-inspiring monument. It’s impossible not to take great shots of it but you have done it justice. A lovely poem too, quite intriguing. I love the last line: “Specialist in power theft.” It got me thinking about all the poetic ways you could describe an electrician. I thought of: light-bringer and spark-bridger.

    I seem to remember that there were all these exposed underground tunnels inside the Colosseum that you can see from above, which looked quite disturbing. I wasn’t sure what people used them for – were they in hiding? Or did they inhabit them? It’s been a long time since I’ve been.

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    1. Thank you, Sunra Nina. Ahh, light-bringer and spark-bridger sound amazing. Might put them on a t-shirt for him one day. 😀 In this case, he actually catches those who steal electricity, you see. Could the Colosseum be naughty in this way? 😀 I’ll let those underground tunnels be…

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      1. Oh, I didn’t know there was such a job! Kind of like a traffic warden then lol! Yes, I think the Colosseum has a dark history though I’m hazy on the details. Most beautiful buildings do, it seems.

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