18 Oct 2015

GEORGE SQUARE, a poem from Seas of grass (Book of Scotland)

Seas of grass is a book I've just published this year. Written in Spanish, received the poetry prize "Miguel de Cervantes in Armilla" coordinated by the Armilla town hall, in Granada, Spain. Here you find the poem called "George Square", that belongs to the first part of the book, by Clide Valley. The translation to the English version has been done by myself.



GEORGE SQUARE
(Glasgow)

Under a thin curtain of rain -and his melancholy-
we cross the leaden anatomy of Glasgow,
the streets badly injured by dreams of war
that rising from the silt of the river Clyde
to the sacred precincts of the neo-Gothic cathedral
where light passes through a taciturn
current of dry leaves and slow water.
The freezing rain falls steady as a blade
mowing small fragments of landscape,
as blurry pieces of an unfinished puzzle
decomposing at the edge of the evening
for leaving us the oxide profile and empty
of a town beautifully shaded.
Two musicians cross the heart of the square
with guitars on his backs, knocking furiously
the face of the rain asleep on the puddles,
with his hands tearing the invisible threads of music
anticipating the outbreak of a coming storm.
Anyone else -nor we, witnesses with no umbrellas-
crosses over the cobblestones of wind and the ash
of a day burning in furnaces of oblivion.
It rains on the memory of the shadows.
Only severe statue of Sir Walter Scott
-on the top of an imposing column-
belongs unmoved in the rain,
as rowing returning from a shipwreck
to put a line of peace over the sand.
Only time stands the pass of time.
The rest are steps erased by the rain.

2 Jan 2013

POET'S CORNER - Poem

Here you find another poem that belongs to "Book of Britain-Cuaderno de Britania". This poem was written after visiting Poet's Corner in Westminster Abbey. In this corner are buried many major English writers. One of them, T.S. Eliot. Most visitors stepped on his grave without considering the importance of his poetry at the universal level. This was very shocking to me and I decided to write this poem.


Poets' Corner
(Westminster Abbey)

                          This is the dead land.
                                    T.S. Eliot

Under the arches of vanity,
between the walls raised
with time of fear of fire and iron,
between the mists of superstition,
beyond the dumb stone that everything relates,
lies a nothing wider than the sea.
In prayer it hits my chest, in the smoke
dragging the wings of incense, in the eyes
quiet for not seeing what it happens,
the nothing endures as the voice of the sea.
In the corner where life was -and the word
was word stitched to the lapel of time-
in the area where sigh the tracks with the flower of silence,
the nothing writes with ash the origin of seas.
On the tomb of T.S. Eliot a thousand steps crosses
the slab stuck in the silence. Step his name
and follow the path of the fallen heroes.
In the sea of nothingness there are no voices or names.

28 Dec 2012

ST. MARTIN-IN-THE-FIELDS - POEM



This poem belongs to my poetry book "Cuaderno de Britania-Book of Britain". St. Martin-in-the-Fields is a church next to Trafalgar Square and is a very unique place because, as I wanted to reflect on my poem, in the crypt there is a cafe-restaurant where tables are placed on the graves and you can taste a tea with cookies in a nice conversation.


ST. MARTIN-IN-THE-FIELDS
The stairs leading to the crypt leading to life.
There, the light recovers the echo of a darker time,
the truth that the slabs show with robustness of death,
with the hardness of names clung to destiny
and dates sewn to the memory of all that was life

to foot of the stairs leading to the crypt.
On the tombs a few tables for tea,
noise of conversations, words that adhere to today,
people reading, listening, contemplating
the daily drama scene, the miracle
of that indefatigable treadmill of life, of the wheel
where always runs the supreme law
of all that happens, it all happens
on the silent slabs of death.


(from Cuaderno de Britania)

13 Nov 2011

AS THE DAWN OF EVERY SUNDAY


Some years ago I lived one of the magic moments of my life in Port Vendrès, a town located in the South of France, close to Coilloure (where poet Antonio Machado died in 1939) and to the Spanish border. It's a small town, in the seaside, with nice views and a peaceful atmosphere. A wonderful place to love and to be loved.

AS THE DAWN OF EVERY SUNDAY
(Port-Vendres)

In the morning, looking out from the balcony,
watching the lights of the bay,
the fishing boats moored, the masts
tearing the sky that is spying us
from the rounded island of the moon.
Your head rests on my shoulder, your hand
playing with my lips, printing
a new desire for existence, confirming
the response of a free love and sincere
naked as our spirit
which aims to mature like a fine wine.
Covered by this seascape
I feel your embrace in the heat of the moment
the vertigo of this inner journey has just begun,
this desire to live together and hourly
the day that gives us the passion
of lovers, with the miracle
of this shared sea
that pulls all loneliness
and want to slip from our skin,
as the dawn
of every Sunday.

José Luis García Herrera

6 Nov 2011

DRIVING TO SADNESS



Driving to sadness

Driving to the nowhere land
I miss your hand in my shoulder,
your smile lighting the night darker
and the way as you make it fun.

Driving to the sad end of my life
I cry for all the good times we live
crossing the years as one heart
that beats much stronger than the sun.

Driving to the city of loneliness
I write my last poem with wounded lips,
with the taste of your longed kisses
walking by the fields of my cheeks.

Driving to the avenue of a cold december
I feel that I will die under the moonlight,
that never and ever I could find
the best woman in love I can remember.

by José Luis García Herrera

4 Nov 2011

OUR SONG

Every time I listen the song "Working class hero", sung by Cindy Lauper in John Lennon's Tribute, a great emotion overwhelms me, with the memory in my heart of our bodies tight, longing for love and desire. This is the poem, the first poem to open this blog, I wrote thinking in those moments so wonderful.

OUR SONG

I'd like loving you
with same passion as Cindy Lauper
sang Working Class Hero
in Lennon's Tribute.
Wishing that my hands touch your skin
like a glove of silk, like a voice
crossing all the skies
to pray for the miracle of being your man.

I'd like kissing you
with same devotion as Cindy Lauper
put in every word, in every step
to the real inspiration for living.
Wishing that my lips leave in your neck
a verse to be repeated at any moment,
at any time I need to remember
how hard is living far from you.

I'd like making love to you
with same energy as Cindy Lauper
left on the stage:
delivering soul in every note.
Wishing that my chest is the fortress
where you feel loved and saved,
where you cry of happiness
when Cindy Lauper sings our song.

by José Luis García Herrera