The Watts Towers, Los Angeles, California, 2008

Drusilla dances
High among a
Tracery
Of towers
Built for her
Long ago
By a man
Who gathered
Shells,
Old iron,
Broken dishes,
And empty
Bottles -
The midnight
Wind whistling
Through
Lace of
Steel and glass,
Concrete and
Pottery
Echoes
The delicate
Emptiness
Within
Created by
Her papa-
An artist
Without
Parallel.
The man who
Built this
Empty web
Glistening
Silver in
The full
Desert moon
Didn't know
He was mapping
The inside
Of her head,
Full of
Shattered
Bits of life-
Here a doll's
Face,
There
A teapot-
Delicate,
Exquisitely
Crazed-
He never met
Drusilla,
Yet she
Dances within
His map of
Her mind
As low-riders
Thunder at
Nearby
Traffic lights
And prostitutes
Ply their
Trade
In the shadows
Not knowing
That Drusilla
Dances within
Her own
Head,
Gauzy dress
As thistledown
Within
The silent
Corridors
Of her
Broken mind-
Content.
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The Watts Towers or Towers of Simon Rodia in the Watts district of Los Angeles, California, is a collection of 17 interconnected structures, two of which reach heights of over 99 feet (30 m). The Towers were built by Italian immigrant construction worker Sabato ("Sam" or "Simon") Rodia in his spare time over a period of 33 years, from 1921 to 1954. The work is a superb example of non-traditional vernacular architecture and American Naïve art. The Towers are located near (and visible from) the 103rd Street-Kenneth Hahn Station of the Metro Rail LACMTA Blue Line.

They were designated a National Historic Landmark in 1990. (excerpted )