THE SHINE JOURNAL

Flash Literature, Poetry, Art and Photography!

TAKING TIME

 

by

 

Oonah V. Joslin

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stucco

drips at angles

impossible beneath the sun and sky

of seventh heaven blue

courtyard pools reflect                                              

salaam                                                                                                                                                         

except for me and you

disturbing

memories long

held

in camera.

 

After the sultans

after the cave dwellers who

lived across the Darro

in the emerald place

where waters flow

The Red

Alhambra

and its gardens

grew.

 

Columbus knelt

before Isabella

before America

before Charlemagne

before tourist

or pick-pocket

came to spend

a day

taking

no history

just wallet

snapshots

away.

 

OONAH V. JOSLIN shares...

OONAH V. JOSLIN was born in Northern Ireland and now lives in the North East of England with her husband and a cat.  Although she has been writng poetry for many years, it is only after a career in teaching that she has come to writing full time.  She writes short fiction as well as poetry and is working on a first novel. Oonah's work had appeared on SHINE before!

 

MOTIVATION:

 

"At last an opportunity to visit The Alhambra!  Our guide Marie did five or six tours a day every day of her working life and was so knowledgable.  She gave us pearls.  The place is breathtaking and steeped in History.  Most of our party wandered round taking photographs of each other.  In many ways we take away from any situation." only what we bring to it.

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