|BARCELONA DIARY -
The pillowing of early afternoon
Drops flat and stifling on
Short and narrow
High-sided, damp and swarthy tenements
The red/and yellow/red streaked sun;
The tongue-sweet smells of drains and tom-cats' piss;
The lottery ticket seller's blind muezzin wail.
Urchin cats provoke a
Muzzled puppy and
A child's hand grasps a
Scragged, unwilling kitten;
Weeping clothes cascade from
Where a caged canary sings
As women work unseen.
|© 1998 Peter Noel
Peter Noel was born in England in 1944. He has worked in business, journalism and theatre, and studied English and Modern History at Oxford in the 1980s. He has lived and worked in eight countries. For the last eleven years he has lived in Barcelona where he writes and teaches.
Painting by Clare Nelson
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