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Rio De Janeiro

Glorious Rio - unashamedly you bare
       your body    and your soul
           to anyone, to everyone 
who comes upon     your glistening ocean shore.

You lie blissfully flaunting yourself,
         oblivious to a code that tells 
                 of when to arise   or go to bed
of when to take breakfast or lunch or of where to sup
  of how to dress for the beach         or for the street.

You offer up yourself for my pleasure
                                                      and readily I take!
I take the sand to romp upon, 
                                          to lie upon and brown my skin.
I take the waves through which to leap
                                                       in exuberant jubilation.
I take your streets,
                 through which countless cars and bodies stream
and your cobbled walks 
                                                with their door-less shops 
and their strange and tantalizing odors
        of breads and fruits and sweets. . . I taste your delicacies.
I choose from wares of vendors on Copacabana’s Promenade
      and marvel at delicate tropical birds 
                 carved from   amethyst, rose quartz, and from gold. 

I take your abundant sights of natural splendor -
 your Sugar Loaf Mountain
   where tiny monkeys wander within my reach, your green foliage, 
                     your many sunsets breaking
                              over the Atlantic.
I take the hospitality of your people of many hues -
                            from white to tan to black,
   and I bask in the festive atmosphere with which you are imbued.

Alas, when I leave you, Rio, I look back
      to the mountain where your Christ 
               o u  t  s  p r  e a  d  s 
                        his arms
  the symbol of              your acceptance of    us all.

July 13, 2014 for the Open Free Verse - Poetry Contest of Charlotte Puddifoot

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  1. Date: 10/7/2014 11:29:00 PM
    I feel like I was on a tour of Rio. Nice described in this poem. love phyl

  1. Date: 7/29/2014 6:22:00 PM
    Hey Andrea, that haiku was for your old contest.... LOL... JK... It's old... I have no idea what you are talking about... Linda

  1. Date: 7/21/2014 11:51:00 PM
    Wonderful piece,Andrea...Very unique....Congrats on your well deserved win,dear friend...XOXO...

  1. Date: 7/21/2014 2:43:00 AM
    great write Andrea..I've never been there :P but you've painted a nice pic..Great win..congrats

  1. Date: 7/21/2014 12:07:00 AM
    Very unique write Andrea,, a place I hv hardly known,, nice pic painted wid vibrant colours here,, congrats on win!

  1. Date: 7/20/2014 7:06:00 PM
    I like this poem, written as though you have been there, having been over seas when I was young I've always thought it would be good for every American to go to another country just to see how the rest of the world actually lives..congratulations on your well deserved win

  1. Date: 7/20/2014 12:23:00 PM
    OLE!!! GOAL!!!!! Nice one Andrea, congrats on the win.

  1. Date: 7/20/2014 1:00:00 AM
    oh my, andie... a festive, thrilling potion for the senses.. a well-placed, high win with my congrats and hugggs

  1. Date: 7/19/2014 9:45:00 PM
    Congrats, Andrea!! A vivid picture of a beautiful place.. Well penned!.. Hugs.. Arlene

  1. Date: 7/19/2014 6:05:00 PM
    I like this Andrea; You described this very well. I have never been there. I have only seen it in movies. Thanks for sharing and lots of luck in the contest... Lucilla

  1. Date: 7/19/2014 5:37:00 PM
    Glorious Rio, glory be thy name Andrea. Congratulations, loved it.

  1. Date: 7/19/2014 5:23:00 PM
    Andrea, well done... Congrats! on your win... Verlena

  1. Date: 7/19/2014 5:19:00 PM
    you paint a very vivid picture of the place here, andrea, and I particularly like your closing lines and the creative layout of them; I'm quite into poems about places at the moment, but you couldn't have known that! congrats on your win :)

  1. Date: 7/19/2014 4:27:00 PM
    Way to go ....Congrats..Sara

  1. Date: 7/18/2014 3:28:00 PM
    beautiful - a sure winner here. came back to read one more of yours, my friend - boy, this has been a long session - my butt's numb, lol

  1. Date: 7/18/2014 1:19:00 PM
    Si! Si! Asi Es! EVE

  1. Date: 7/17/2014 5:32:00 PM
    kind of reminds me of Simon Le Bon and Duran Duran. Maybe we could have him sing this into some sort of Song and split the millions. Dude is worth over 50 million and hasn't had a hit since the 90's or even the 80's.

    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich
    Date: 7/18/2014 1:22:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    yeah right, in my dreams. hahaha
  1. Date: 7/16/2014 5:50:00 PM
    Right, you have been there, but was it the world cup that drew your attention, to this beautiful place, once again? This is a beauty of a poem that brings forth the many attractions that Rio offers. Free verse at its best. // paul

    Callus Avatar Paul Callus
    Date: 7/20/2014 3:05:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Congrats on your fine win, Andrea; very deserving.
  1. Date: 7/16/2014 3:55:00 PM
    Great tribute to Rio, Andrea. You've portrayed this amazing city as your poetry always does with many a subject, James ;)

  1. Date: 7/16/2014 8:29:00 AM
    Fantastic! I feel like I just took a vacation to Rio and felt the warmth of the sand and the coolness of the waves for myself.