Algarve spring in poetry

Spring on the Algarve is the loveliest time of year, with a freshness and warmth in the air before the scorching summer sun shrivels everything up. Today’s Everyday Lovely is a poem by my godmother, Mavis Carter about spring in the Algarve, in Portugal. I hope the poem brings you the promise of spring sunshine on your face, as it did for me.

Algarve spring
Somewhere among umbrella pines
my first cuckoo of the year –
almond trees in the wind
and white marguerites in black shade.

Here, men shape clay around their thigh
cut it to size, test between thumb and finger.

Motor bikes stutter along the road
to Santa Caterina, head for markets;
barking dogs, cockerels, sheep on trucks,
goats tethered to fence posts.

Tiles fired in orange kilns, are stacked
row on row. Men, red with dust, rough handled.

Orchards heavy with oranges
thick with juice. I pick one
hold it in my palm
and slowly breathe in.






 Everyday Lovely is hosted over at Teacher Meets World and is about celebrating those everyday things that make us alive, like the scent of sun-warmed oranges and wind-blown almond blossom.

Algarve Spring comes from Mavis Carter’s latest collection of poetry, Spilt Salt.

Photo credits:Valter Jecinto, Marek Edelman,  Daeveb, Valter Jacinto.

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    June 9, 2009 at 10:55 pm

    Oh! I miss Europe in June. Here, June marks the beginning of hurricane season….but in my mind it is still the best month.

    Thanks for stopping by, and thanks for your tips!! I use a programme called photoscape that is downloadable free. Its like photoshop for dummies (although personally I think you really need a PhD to be able to use photoshop properly, I have more or less given up), and the effect you are talking about is in the ‘frames’.

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    Julian Cooper
    September 14, 2010 at 3:47 am

    poetry is the thing i like, i create poems during my spare time-:;

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    November 17, 2010 at 11:13 am

    thanks for your tips

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