April 29, 2019
Puerto Rico was the inspiration
for writing a poem.
I was on a team of professors who taught an interdisciplinary course in Puerto Rico Culture.
For Spring Break every March, we took our students on a 10-day travel & study opportunity.
I revised this poem last year and it will appear in my next full-length book of poetry –
Star Signs: New & Selected Poems
This book will be available soon.
“Primavera: When Spring Break is Over”
earthy paradise drinks
dark island coffee with hot cream
tiny homegrown yellow plátanos
early sunrise breeze with honey rolls
rental cars spiral up the mountain
we view abandoned plantations
hacienda tourists in a group
I wear my new green hat for the photo
afternoon rum factory tours by boat
sandy beaches never closed
coconut drinks every day
coral reefs and rusty piers
sun burned skin
soothed with aloe vera lotion
we hike steep mountain paths
cross over bridges with wooden planks
immerse our bodies in mountain streams
scream with pleasures under torrid sun
moan under a throbbing cold waterfall
Caribbean nights under the stars
dancing in the streets with strangers
two mountain top dreamers in darkness
Tony sings Puerto Rican songs to me
whispers phrases n my ear
(always in Spanish.)
If a volcano erupts
there may be delays
flights are never on time
things are often unpredictable
when spring break is over.
Cuando las vacaciones de Primavera han terminado.
Written by Lynda McKinney Lambert in 2015. Revised in 2018.
This poem will appear in my forthcoming full-length book of poetry, Star Signs: New and Selected Poems.
Published: Nature Writing, May 8, 2018.
Lynda McKinney Lambert. Copyright 2019 All Rights Reserved.
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