Colombia         |         February 2019 

compiled by Alexa Montesa

6. Find a pattern. Document it.  


          aldabas, door knockers:
          from medievel times
         when families wanted to display social status,
         an ultimate status symbol
         of your place in Cartagena society
         each one corresponded to the owner’s profession

         a lizard was royalty
         a lion, the army
         shells, mermaids, turtles and fish are the merchants,
         those involved in the sea

         I’ve heard of the hand, but didn’t stumble upon one
         they signified those involved in a religious sect
         or who were a part of clergy, 
         a nod to the virgin lady of Fatima