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Madrid: Circa 1974

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In mid-June's heat, we wait inside the bus, 
and everyone has said their last goodbyes.  
The Moorish boy I’ve come to know is sad.
 He says he knows I never will return.  

The bus pulls out (his face just fades away).
We pass through streets that now seem not the same
as those that we first rode down when we came
here six short months ago. It seemed so strange!

Madrid, my first impression of you was
how everything seemed  dingy and so grey.
But staying here, I found your treasures, and
enjoyed your many charms that I unearthed.

I’ve walked among your people, tasted foods:
paella, soups and pastries and much more.
I’ve visited Retiro Park, seen art
in sculptures on your streets and in museums.

I’ve visited your shops, your restaurants
where dancers of flamenco hypnotize, 
your ring for fighting bulls, your theaters;
your streets seem now familiar, almost sweet!

The group I came with, now like family,
chat happily about their going home.
But I alone am missing you, Madrid,
before I even board that giant bird.

Copyright © | Year Posted 2010




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Date: 6/17/2017 9:45:00 PM
Sounds like an great trip with lots new experiences and friends. Were you there as an exchange student? Congrats on your placement, Andrea.
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Date: 6/17/2017 5:11:00 PM
GREAT poem, Andrea--made me want to pack a suitcase! Congrats on your win. Thanks for entering my contest. Janice
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Date: 11/15/2016 2:48:00 PM
yes, i enjoyed madrid myself, andie... beautiful expressions with my fine congrats!..huggs
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Date: 11/11/2016 8:06:00 PM
I feel like I walked it out with you. Congrats, Andrea!
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Date: 11/11/2016 6:47:00 PM
Hi Andrea, It's sounds like you had a wonderful vacation/ trip. Congratulations on your fine win:-) Alexis
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Date: 11/11/2016 4:32:00 PM
Wonderful imagery about this lovely place, Andrea. Sounds like it surely was a magical time for you. Congratulations on your fine placement. Hugs, Sandra
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Date: 11/11/2016 4:02:00 PM
Hello Andrea, good to see your placement here, hope to see more of the same.'
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Date: 11/11/2016 6:56:00 AM
Hi Andrea. Congrats for your placement with this lovely piece!!! ;-)
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Date: 11/10/2016 5:50:00 PM
Andrea congratulations on your win in the contest with this beautiful poem ~
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Date: 11/10/2016 12:05:00 PM
wow!!! lovely poem on this mesmerizing place ! enjoyed your words ...and lovely experience of your visit to Madrid with group of dear ones ...dear Andrea, Congratulations on your great win!//love, Anu:)
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Date: 11/10/2016 11:26:00 AM
You capture the emotions of the experience very well. A reader almost wants to cry at the end. Thanks for being in the contest and congratulations.
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Date: 11/14/2014 3:33:00 PM
This was a very touching poem Andrea. We the readers feel the breath of your emotions. I imagine a mother sweet whose heart is large and embraces the world with open arms. Another beautiful poem. Fav
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Date: 8/6/2010 12:07:00 PM
Congratulations Andrea on your win in Deborah Guzzy's contest "Somewhere Over the Rainbow". Love, Carol
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Date: 8/4/2010 7:04:00 PM
Congrats on the second place win, Andrea
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Date: 8/4/2010 11:51:00 AM
Andie, I knew this poem would do well in this contest. I am very happy for you coming in with top honors. Enjoy your win and know there was some really stiff competition. Congratulations!!! Excellent poem. Love, Connie
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Date: 8/4/2010 11:40:00 AM
Congrats Andrea on your 2nd place win in Debbie's contest with this spectacular write and special win for u to enjoy my friend.. with luv..
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Date: 8/4/2010 11:31:00 AM
A lovely memory, Andrea. Thanks for sharing, and congratulations on your deserved win, and sharing this sweet nostalgia with us! Love, Carrie
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Date: 8/4/2010 10:10:00 AM
It's like being there Andrea when one reads your words. I believe it's a most beautiful city. Congrats on your win >> James
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Date: 8/4/2010 9:47:00 AM
Congrats on your win Andrea!
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Date: 8/4/2010 5:41:00 AM
I was right there with you and if I did give two number ones, you would have got it too. I don't like to dilute the joy of the top 3. Light and Love always TEACH!
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Date: 8/3/2010 2:15:00 PM
Andie, Funny how when we get to know a place it becomes brighter and more exciting and you end up hating to leave. Your poem expresses this so well. Best of luck in Deb's contest. I am sure by her remark that it will do well. I enjoyed it too. Aloha, Connie
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Date: 8/2/2010 1:43:00 PM
this is so sweet(: & seems like you had great peace there. i'd like to imagine what it was like. ~Always&Forever Lynette
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Date: 8/2/2010 1:15:00 PM
Hi Andrea, Many uses for 114 and if we felt the pain and suffering of others I don't think we would do the things we do. I have been to Barcelona I do like Spain it reminds me of South Africa , Quality write. Cheers
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Date: 8/2/2010 4:53:00 AM
A beautiful remembrance for a place which fascinated you so much and a lovely poem to read. Great sketching of your goodbye day in Madrid in 74. It was so pleasing to read this lovely tribute that for a moment I thought to be in Madrid. And many thank for your wonderful and precious comments on my Poem My Grass Daffodils. Love and best wishes always........Ravindra.....Andrea Diet
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Date: 8/1/2010 10:20:00 PM
Oh yes this one is certain to head for the winners circle Andrea.. something similar in the Brazil poem u wrote for one of my contests.. and that was a winner also... so good luck in this one.. its a rare beauty..with luv..
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