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REMASTERED MEMORIES OF SPAIN




La Rambla Catalunya, Barcelona

 

“The one street in the world I didn’t want to end.”

            Frederico García Lorca

 

After leaving the unfinished

Sagrada Família, cornerstone set

in 1882, Patti and I stop for tapas

along La Rambla Catalunya, rojo y

blanco sangria on the small table,

 

            groups of pretty girls, Picasso-slender

            line drawings, strolling by, angular

            bodies in motion, laughing,

vaping, vamping, so different

from the muscular arrogant boys

 

following behind, all pecs and penises,

shoulders bumping, young mastiffs

off leash smirking as they pass

two refined 50-ish women pausing

at a shop window, faces frozen

 

in reflection, unaware they are

observed by an older man I am

watching, alone at a nearby table,

napkin at his jowls, paunch in his lap,

fork speared with the sweet pescado

 

suspended in space near his parted

lips, memory of wild ocean currents

in the pink flesh, barbed hook piercing

his cheek, tail flopping on the deck,

a sip of wine to wash it all down.

 

           —SL, Port Royal, SC, February 2024



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Jeremiah Horrigan
Jeremiah Horrigan
Mar 08

I'm late with my comment, as usual. I get the hesitation blues, for no reason I can see; I always find your poems -- and as often, your introductions, moving & provoking. Remastering is a beautiful idea. What time does & doesn't do.

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write4hire
Mar 08
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Thank you, my good friend.

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chompsky79
Feb 28

Oh wow, these are getting really interesting! The picture you paint is so crystal clear. And has a nice tension and excitement that also feels Refreshing. I really enjoy your work so much,

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write4hire
Feb 29
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You! Thank you! Always so refreshing ....

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marilyn.bardo
Feb 28

Such a beautiful, generous, all-encompassing smile on Patti.

Captured in a moment in time, oblivious of the future.

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write4hire
Feb 29
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As ever, Marilyn, I so appreciate what you add to the work.

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grunfeld
grunfeld
Feb 28

And here is one for you by a Nicaraguan guy, Ruben Dario:


Juventud, divino tesoro

Ya te vas para no volver

Cuando quiero llorar no lloro

Y a veces lloro sin querer.


Mihai

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grunfeld
grunfeld
Feb 28

Oh yes, Barcelona. And then, Madrid. And then,...

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