Thursday, June 30, 2011

Retiro Park, Madrid

Retiro Park, Madrid, For Sarah (mp3)

We chose a table by the lake,
delighting in warm sunshine.
Cafe con leche
vino tinto,
we basked in affection
under a gliding sun.

A lone saxophone player
warbled plaintive tunes,
stark contrast
to a rapturous day,
the air freckled
with light laughter.

It was but a February day,
yet it felt like summer.
Glossy palm trees
waved in the breeze.
It was a flip flop day
in Madrid.

For my emigrant daughter Sarah visiting her in February 2011.


  1. AnonymousJuly 01, 2011

    Mother and daughter times, a unique bond, fitting I should read this after a lovely sunny afternoon spent wandering around town with my mum

  2. My daughter is 27 and a wonderful person. She did a Law degree, then a masters in Psychoanalysis and TEFL course. She is teaching in Madrid since January this year in a montessori school, she loves it. She will be home next week for holidays, can't wait to be with her, shopping etc.......Thanks for your comments Rachael xx

  3. AnonymousJuly 03, 2011

    I did a TEFL PGCE and an MA too, in English Languag though. When I lived abroad I so looked forward to my trips home and girl time with mum, enjoy

  4. Your flip flop day, with all that summery ease and joy of a Spanish holiday..Lovely Maire...

  5. Hi Rach,
    You have covered a similar path to my daughter although her primary degree was LLB. I look forward to her coming home next week to be spoiled:))

  6. Barbara,
    It seems like ages since I was in Madrid yet it was only February last. It is very hot there at the moment, so uncomfortable, I am so glad she is coming home. xx

  7. Sarah will be home again this month. Can't wait for lots of cups of tea and time together shopping or simply being. x

  8. U need to be in a madhouse.
    What mushrooms are you on?