Andalusia de mi Alma
In the distance a solitary donkey begins to bray
On a warm summer breeze at the close of day
No more need to hide from the sun’s rays
All the animals now cooled off begin to play
Appearing from all corners, siesta over for another day.
The valley of El Colmenar wakens once again, no longer inert,
A new lease of energy and life begins to burst
Evening scented tobacco plants heady and sweet
Dance for me in the light June breeze
Filling the air, awakening memories
Their vivid pink, white, yellow, blue and green
Conjuring an image, ribbons on a tambourine.
The silence is broken, through the gnarled cork trees
Feral dogs barking from neighbouring vicinities
Then the crickets begin their final song
Playing out their rhythm, until it’s dawn.