Song that Inspired My Poem “The Enchantment of the Flamenco”

This song comes from the movie soundtrack of Blancanieves, a Spanish silent film that recreates the story of Snow White with its own twist. If you ever get the chance to see it, I highly recommend it. It stays mostly true to the story, however, the movie is no fairytale. Snow White’s life is not sugarcoated and the realities of life are not avoided, which I find to be very refreshing. In the film, Snow White is known as Carmen and she grows up in Spain during the 1920s. She is the daughter of Antonio Villalta, an infamous bullfighter, and Carmen de Triana, a flamenco dancer. As a little girl, she is taught flamenco and the song “No Te Puedo Encontrar”(the title means “I can’t find you”) is what she dances to. I hope you enjoy it and tell me what you think!


The Enchantment of the Flamenco

In the region of Andalusia,
A Spanish girl dances the flamenco,
With no strung guitar to aid her,
Her steps surpass the tempo’s allegro.

Her heeled shoes shake the earth beneath her,
Her dance can be heard up to Heaven,
And while she does so she sings,
Attracting the beating of angels’ wings.

She takes out her castañuelas*,
And its chattering brings out neighbors and friends,
They clap along to the beat of her small feet
Her song rises and reaches the world’s ends.
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First Snowfall

In the darkness of a long night,
The winter disturbed my slumber,
And refused to let me rest my heavy head
against my warm, fur blankets and comfy pillows.

Now fully awake, I walked barefoot on the wooden floor
Feeling the cold bleach my skin
camouflaging me within the walls
and eating away the tips of my toes

I peered between the shades of my window,
Outside the snow began to fall,
It came down like soft cotton balls
Covering everything and all that was left of living earth
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Falling in Emerald

And she fell into the emerald sea
Disappearing into the bottomless pits
Becoming part of the darkness
Part of the pain and the cold that breaks souls

She let the waters impale the warmth of her skin
Succumbing her body to the numbness.
She stopped trying to breath and just observed
How every wave was never the same
How very few boats passed her way
How nobody in the world seemed to care
That she was drowning
Drowning in black.

Death Comes In a Car

He would pick me up in the middle of the night,
And we would ride away in his black car
Till we were completely gone from sight.
Driving to a place without the brightness of a single star

We didn’t have any place in mind,
We just needed a drive,
Away from home and away from the same old
We just wanted some time alone.

There was nobody back in town who missed us,
No tears in anybody’s eyes,
No one really cared where we have gone,
For we were on the trip to the Land of the Forgotten.

Christmas Poem

Sleepy, watered eyes awake to the strike of twelve,
Midnight announces itself with the sweet sound of bells,
The children who have been staying up all through the night
Finally get to relish in their long-awaited delight

Scurrying do they rush to grab the first present
That was when mother had to stop them for a second.
She turned them around and showed them the manger,
And there laid a boy with the face of an angel.

But this was no angel, this little boy was God,
So small for a king, which the children found odd.
Nevertheless, the children folded their hands and prayed
That the little boy would in their hearts always stay
Because the true meaning of Christmas is not the gifts we receive
But giving our hearts to Jesus, in whom we believe.

What is love?

What is love?
Can it be found in a poem?
In a line or a verse?
Or it simply just a curse?

Your smile bewitches me
And makes me lose track of time
I can’t stop this feeling,
Darling, what have you done to me?

Why is the sun dark when you are not with me?
Why are the stars less bright at night when you are not by my side?
More beautiful than roses,
More precious than a pearl,
You have become my special someone.
And once I start loving, it cannot be undone.