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Musings from Fuerteventura

December 16, 2012
View of Lobos Island

View of Lobos Island

This view of Lobos Island from Corralejo is indicative of the signature colours of the island: black, blue and white. On closer viewing you will see how the island resembles a dragon or perhaps a sea-going dinosaur.

My husband thought I had a vivid imagination but something seemed to be inspiring several of the local sand artists to create dragons on the beach. The one below was my favourite.

Sand dragon, Corralejo Beach, Fuerteventura

Corralejo Beach Dragon

It was a pleasure to walk along the seafront to watch the artists at work each day, producing temporary fantasy art from the sand. Sadly these were often destroyed by midnight revellers rather than time and tide. Although tempted more than once to buy a bucket and spade to create a castle or two, I stuck to pen and paper, jotting down several pages of notes which have so far formed into the three verses below:

Volcanoes blister the horizon,

a nest of tagines

scraped by trade winds

which scour my mind

of burnt matter.

Trekking through the dunes

I discover four-toed prints,

place my sole in the mould,

like Goldilocks or Cinderella

searching for the right fit.

In the airport,

a tiger, bear and dinosaur,

break the spell –

three ladies in ‘onesies’

returning home to pots and pans.

Admittedly the poem needs more time to simmer but you have the gist of it.

During the return journey my mind conjured up scenes from our Easter trip to Barcelona. The chimneys on the desert-like rooftop of La Perdera twisted and turned in my imagination becoming cobras and saracens.

As my notebook was in the overhead locker I had to resort to writing on the paper rubbish bag provided by the airline. My thoughts wandered to cockroaches and being thankful that Gaudi influenced the city’s architecture rather than Kafka. Then for some reason I found myself musing about Sartre’s novel about the Hippopotamus (I think it was Sartre) and visualising hippopotami weaving their way through the sidestreets that run off from the Ramblas.

Perhaps my husband is right and I do have a vivid imagination – but isn’t that a good thing for a creative practitioner?


From → Poetry

  1. Imagination is very good. That dragon pic in the sand is quite cool. Not quite sure I can make out the dragon from the island, though. Maybe. Is that it’s head on the left?

    • Yes, the head is on the left. The rest forms a spiky tail. Much clearer in reality than what the digital photo shows. Needed a better camera to capture this one.

  2. Some lovely lines in your poem Judith – ‘a nest of tagines/ scraped by trade winds’ is perfect.

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