Flamenco dance and the influence of Lorca.

How about a little rhythm and passion to warm up the end of the year? I wrote this on a visit to Seville in October 2015, after watching a flamenco performance of guitar playing, dance and song. I have tried to write of flamenco before, but to get the ‘feel’ of it is difficult. I think this is my best attempt so far, and I must admit to being influenced by the poetry of Federico Garcia Lorca, the Andalusian poet whose work I greatly admire. All writers are influenced by those whose work they most like, whether it is clear to see or more obscure.


The danceflamenco dance

Black sweat of the dance
in the barbed night.
Voice of red flame
scorches the dry plain,
river of white dress
flowing beneath the guitar’s
daggered rhythm.
Olive arms caress
distant blood
under the cave’s sad shadows,
the blood’s rhythm hammered
out of the palms,
forever green,
hammered out of the heels,yellow flamenco dress
forever black.
Stones of the dry river bed
in the savage throat.
Black river, yellow dress
blue night red.
Yellow dress, black river,
blue night red.
Blue night red.
Blue night red.
© David Urwin Seville October 2015


About jadedmountain

I am a poet, living a rural life in south-west Wales. The purpose of this blog is to publicise my poetry.
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