HANGING AROUND

 Hammocking in Parc de la Ciutadella
 

A BOHEMIAN EXISTENCE


I know a bank where the cabbage trees grow,

where the grass is patchy,

from intermittent bodies that laze beneath the boughs.

It is noon time, high-sun time,
the time when all of Spain is lost in a half-dream.

 

Lull'd by the breezes that pick up the edges of your hair and the palm fronds,

it is easy to be still, without moving for an hour or two.

Go searching through this grove, though,
and you may find:

 Guitar-players
hoola-hoopers and slack-liners like tightrope walkers -

sending laughter and soft notes through the canopy,

till they reach you as you swing in a hammock

drinking bad white wine

and eating samosas that the ragged people offer for a euro.

 

 People playing guitar in Parc de la Ciutadella
 Wine in the park while hammocking
 Oliver is a cutie patootie
 Looking up at the palm fronds and sky from my hammock position