Sights and Sounds of Cartagena

I must have been inspired by the recent poetry reading I attended. (See previous post: Poetry in Cartagena) 🙂

Sights and Sounds of Cartagena

Cartagena is rhythm

from the clip-clop of donkeys

pulling carts

to the swish of waves touching sand.

Cartagena is rhythm

from the incessant beeping horns

of reckless mototaxistas

to the vallenato music slipping

through an open door.

Cartagena is rhythm

from the plaintive mew

of a starving cat

to the squeal of the rat

he just caught.

Cartagena is rhythm

from the sway of

women’s hips in every shape and hue

to the two month-old baby’s cry

searching for her mother’s tit.

Cartagena is rhythm

from the mango leaves’ rustle

as the breeze bullies them around

to the whir of my room fan that

keeps the heat from reaching me.

Cartagena is rhythm

24 hours a day.

The pulse never stops,

movement never ceases.

I throw myself into its tempo

with relish, with fervor,

with love.

(copyright 2013 Maya Lazarus)

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6 Responses to Sights and Sounds of Cartagena

  1. Margarita Sorock says:

    Very nice!

    Un abrazo de todo corazĂłn,
    Margarita

  2. Mary says:

    Love it Maya!

  3. Diana A Yarzagaray says:

    Terrific poem! Rhythmic, like Cartagena )

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