Facing the Spanish sun

Facing the Spanish sun

conversation Spanish group

meeting every week there in the library

a group of nice ladies of a certain age

struggling with their Spanish

picked up from holidays on the costas coasts

or lines in phrase books dictionaries

I joined for a time if feeling out of place

talking of the backwoods villages

wandering out on the plains

& one sly old dog catching my eye

talking of songs sung crowds at the Futball

next week brought in a cd player lyrics

to which these nice people all sang along

to Cara Al Sol the song of the falange

Franco’s fascists

their marching song of the civil war

as trolling goes he won the day

but if anything I knew clear

I was in the wrong place

because these people knew nothing

of the place they so wanted to speak

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