Pineapple on a window sill
In the early a. m. of Spain.
(Sun by Matisse).
I hear the shimmer of trills,
High grass, and river flowing with shawl fringe.
Water rippling through guitar strings,
Giving promises that God is a Lady
With a rose in her hair and perfume
At her breasts.
The coarse edge to his big voice.
The whole land, like moldy earth,
Held in his closed hands.
(I taste Spain under my tongue)
His sound shapes itself around the words
And they fall away from inside, leaving
Empty, crying, spaces.
Beyond her heels, the click of details:
Head, hands, eye, skirt, fan, shawl, shoulders,
Ripple from her center, touch on each other,
Or she pauses, holding stillness in her body.
Then bends low,
In a long curve, shawl outstretched behind her,
A great bird’s wing slowly turns.
(c) Dolores de Leon
Many thanks to Dolores for permission to publish this beautiful poem.
‘I had been a flamenco dancer performing in San Francisco for five years when I met a pure-blooded Spanish Gypsy, himself a flamenco guitarist. He convinced me to go to Spain and study with his family in Seville. It has been the joy of my life to know this clan, study their art of flamenco, and perform with them. It was after returning from Spain that I began to write poetry, short stories, and my book, Gypsy Flamenco, based on my time studying and performing with this clan of Gypsies.’
For more information and to read some of her stories and poems please go to Dolores’ website here
The world of flamenco poetry is a new one for me. A few weeks back I was inspired to research it when I came upon a BBC article and video on you tube. To quote the article ‘Flamenco flash mobs – seemingly spontaneous dance and song performances – have been taking place in banks not just in Seville, but all over Andalusia, causing short, if amusing disruptions to the working day.’ To read the article and watch the stunning video of modern day flamenco in everyday Andalusian life click here. NB the accompanying words are embedded in the video. Enjoy and have a happy week.
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