A week in Lisbon

Cobblestones and Fado.  Lisbon streets filled with washing lines and graffiti.  Old men wreathed in cigarette smoke.  The grey light of winter’s end.  I walk the twisted lanes, sent out to fetch something inconsequential, and listen to women gossip.  The universal language of hands and faces.  And laughter.  Clear as mother tongue.  I wonder where they live.  What bright faces open to their arrival?  Who greets them when they open doors and drop shopping for hugs and dinner?  What conversations frame a cheerful day?  I walk.  Watching raindrops cling to unbudded trees.  And I think about the sad songs of the gypsy.  And how lonely footsteps sound.

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25 thoughts on “A week in Lisbon

  1. Very nice work, my dear. You have quite an eye for composition, as well as a way with the word. Bravo.

  2. dinahmow says:

    Beautiful. And funny.

  3. kono says:

    Gorgeous on a number of levels.

  4. nursemyra says:

    Hot damn! I wish I’d been there with you 😦

    I hope you bought the Ken doll with the orange package.

  5. robinaltman says:

    Beautiful! (And the pictures are, too.)

  6. daisyfae says:

    graffiti and cobblestones and knickers and fragments and nom nom nom…. nice collage. bittersweet words, dear. sending a hug or two…

  7. Rob says:

    Looks like a nice break from win….oh, wait. It’s summer in your part of the world, isn’t it. Well, as the saying goes, “A change is better than a rest.”

  8. twin says:

    volumes spoken in those photos….

  9. Pete says:

    Wow. Lisbon. (You do get around.) I was just thinking that I’ve never seen Portugues nickers before and then I saw the ex-pile. That’s very funny. So have you met any Ronaldo-types yet? And I’m guessing this is pleasure rather than business?

  10. lulu labonne says:

    Lucky girl, I’ve been wanting to go to Lisbon for ever, great pix too xx

  11. Corina Rocha says:

    They learned the keys to success in any endeavor during morning Metaphysics class. In woodworking class they learned how to make a physical creation match what they visualized. They built individual strength and endurance discovering what they are capable of accomplishing through horticulture.

    [Comment edited: removed the spammy URL. But had to keep the comment because it’s hilarious. Existential spam. I love it.]

  12. tNb says:

    Finally found a few hours to catch up on my favourite blogs, I adore your description of Lisboa — hope your feet survived the miles and miles of cobblestones! 🙂

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