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Decorative poems on walls in Estepona

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Decorative poems on walls in Estepona

There are lots of these around the old town.

I saw one by the old municipal market.

By Alexandro Partal an Estepona poet.

I had a go at translating it.

Pull on my shirt and take me by the hand, where the tranquil waters flow without surprise.

Hide between those Hallways

Where everything happens and happens.

I think these panels add to the deneral beauty of the old town.

Edited: 06 May 2018, 05:54
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1. Re: Decorative poems on walls in Estepona

Love it :)

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2. Re: Decorative poems on walls in Estepona

This is something that is very original. No other town does this.

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3. Re: Decorative poems on walls in Estepona

Alexandro Partal poet and author from Estepona is in his early thirties I believe. Novel idea from art on the wall. Thanks for sharing., anymore en espanol .

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I can't claim credit for the translation. Allthough I speak s little Spanish and took the exam 16 year olds take in uk when I was 60, I have an app on my iPad for when I get stuck. It's a shame we can't share photos on TA. I wonder why that is.

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Trickster join www.flickr.com (its free) you can add links to your photos that way. Or add a review and add photos to that then link to it from here.

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6. Re: Decorative poems on walls in Estepona

Thanks mantalk

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7. Re: Decorative poems on walls in Estepona

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Well, here's my penn'orth.

At the top of the Calle Sevilla there is a gorgeous little corner, made as are many others when the householder died, the Town Council bought the house, knocked it down and made a little tiny square with a bench etc.

This one is a truly lovely little corner of Estepona, with flowerpots and a bust of Antonio Machado, the poet who wrote the well-known poem about the Saeta. Here is the poem with my attempted English translation.

Dijo una voz popular:

«¿Quién me presta una escalera

para subir al madero

para quitarle los clavos

a Jesús el Nazareno?»

Oh, la saeta, el cantar

al Cristo de los gitanos

siempre con sangre en las manos

siempre por desenclavar.

Cantar del pueblo andaluz

que todas las primaveras

anda pidiendo escaleras

para subir a la cruz.

Cantar de la tierra mía

que echa flores

al Jesús de la agonía

y es la fe de mis mayores

!Oh, no eres tú mi cantar

no puedo cantar, ni quiero

a este Jesús del madero

sino al que anduvo en la mar!.

A voice called from the crowd:

"Who will lend me a ladder

to climb the wooden cross

to remove the nails

from Jesus of Nazareth?"

Oh, the saeta, the song

to Christ of the gypsies,

always with blood-stained hands,

from always removing the nails

Song of the Andalusian people

where every spring

they go asking for ladders

to climb up to the cross

Song of my homeland

that tosses flowers

to the Jesus of agony

the faith of my forefathers

Oh, you are not my song!

I cannot sing, nor want to

to this Jesus of the cross,

but to He who walked on the waters of the sea.

A very emotional,very Andalusian, poem, and a charming corner of beautiful Estepona. Gorgeous!

Best wishes

.

Edited: 07 May 2018, 02:03
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How lovely, thank you so much.

Edited: 07 May 2018, 04:54
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9. Re: Decorative poems on walls in Estepona

There's a moving poem on the outside wall of the church in OJÉN about the futility of war.

I think it's a Machado

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10. Re: Decorative poems on walls in Estepona

I found what I wrote on another forum

This is a poem by Antonio Machado. Original text is this:

"¡Señor! La guerra es mala y bárbara;

la guerra odiada por las madres, las almas entigrece;

mientras la guerra pasa, ¿quién sembrará la tierra?

¿Quién sembrará la espiga que junio amarillece?"

I'd translate it as this (not very poetic from me though :?

War is evil and barbarous;

War, loathed by mothers, their souls as one;

While there is war, who will sow the earth?

Who will sow the wheat which June will yellow?

You made a really good start on the translation Rick :)

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