Three inspiring poems by renowned poet and author, Seymour Mayne.
"Spain is a country of imposing features," says Seymour Mayne.
"Nowhere can one fail to notice the architecture of earlier eras
and the stories of its past, which the informed traveler will take
in along with the bustle and vitality of contemporary life.
"Over the years, during various trips, I could not help but respond
in the form and concision of poetry to the Spain that I discovered
and explored as a visitor.
Madrid Evening draws on the
historical resonances of the city, especially of the period during
the Spanish Civil War (1936-39). The Casa de Campo is the large
park just below the Royal Palace and the downtown area. It was the
location from which the artillery of the Nationalist forces bombarded
the capital during the siege of the city.
La Laguna Beauty and Constitution
Park were written in La Laguna, capital of the island
of Tenerife in the Canary Islands. La Laguna
Beauty is a tribute to the beautiful young women of the
island. Constitution Park celebrates
the indigenous "dragon tree" and the supremacy of nature in this
most "political" of nations.
The madness of the sun's heat
once split open
this smouldering earth like a pod.
Now it sleeps again,
for another hundred years.
LA LAGUNA BEAUTY
What secret pain and softness
do you hide?
A man could throw
half his life away
just to hold you in his arms
one night through
to the hastening dawn.
The thick dragon trees
inch upwards year by year
toward the crystal sky,
their wide trunks clipped
the leaves spread out
as if readying for flight.
Where are the fruit,
where's the giving?
They simply cleanse
the night air
and filter through the sputter
yet remain impervious
to the clouds
and passing politics of men.