Lots more beautiful skies at Skywatch Friday
How do people walk where you live, and what does that say about the city and its citizens? How do you walk, and what does that say about you?
In La Paz everyone walks slowly because of the altitude. In London people walk quickly and with their bodies closed and inwards because there are so many people and the pace of life is so fast. In many cities in the USA people seem more used to driving than walking.
Here in Buenos Aires, people walk very upright – I´ve seen remarkably few people with bad posture. And it´s interesting to me, because the tango is based around walking, and the walk of Buenos Aires is proud and elegant.
I notice I´ve changed the way I walk too – partly because after all these tango lessons I´m holding myself better and walking more smoothly. I used to be very unstable at walking in high heels but the tango has taught me not just to walk backwards and spin in heels, but also to stand on one leg and lift the other leg high to do adornments! After that, simply moving around normally in high heels seems far less threatening!
It´s also interesting that when I´m thinking about tango as I walk my body is much better presented – head up, back straight, chest open, walking with a smooth and curving step rather than my usual bouncy, energetic stride. And I notice that I get more compliments in the street when I walk that way. I think it would be much more difficult to dance tango if I didn´t feel good in my body, because this way of walking does seem to put the female form on display!
Oh, and a final consequence of all these tango lessons is that I´m also putting my feet down more gently – so as not to jar my rather over-danced feet!
This shot was taken in a train graveyard
For Skywatch Friday – I forgot to post this link on the skywatch site last week, but better late than never!
Beautiful skies from all over the world at Skywatch Friday
The wall of a church in Granada, Nicaragua.
Lots of amazing skies to be discovered over at Skywatch Friday…
I’ve written two poems for the latest totally optional prompts, time to leave. Which struck me with particular relevance because I’m due to leave the country where I currently live and work in exactly a month from today.
The first poem I wrote, the second to appear here, seemed a bit bland, though did capture some of what I was feeling. And then I came across the Friday 5 at Poefusion – to write a poem using the words apiculate, sedulous, blisters, pheromones, earmarked. And out came another poem that I liked better.
Time is apiculate
Like a drop of water on a leaf vein I roll
towards the point where I will be
flicked into the void.
Each night I awaken many times
my sheets churned in imitation of my paper-littered office
On my bedside desk a notebook dozes
Waiting to grant absolution for these night-time frettings
I scribble down new tasks, gripping the pen
hard enough to get blisters.
And so the new day opens with each hour already
earmarked for another score of sedulous steps
towards the ending.
And yet despite each day’s struggles,
the boulder rolls back, every evening,
with a cargo of new tasks to trouble my sleeping.
Sometimes my tired body
catches a whiff of pheromones.
As if something is waiting for me
beyond these deadline-fenced days. But what?
Is it the scent of the fresh-mown grass
where I will roll with sheer joy
like a horse still sweaty from its just-removed harness?
Or does it presage the scent
of another sort of rolling entirely?
Once these winding streets looked new
Waiting to be walked and seen
Once the flawless sky of blue
was a treat, not just routine
Once the flavour of papaya
Welcomed me to my new place
Once I struggled and enquired
And now I babble at a rapid pace
Once my colleagues here were strangers
And now I know them far too well.
Once I was nervous of unknown dangers
Yet habit quickly broke fear’s spell.
How it all looks different, now I know
That very soon it will be time to go.
This ended up in black and white because, in order to get a good exposure for both the sky and the water, I took the photo through my sunglasses, which have a perfect graduated tint in their lenses, but unfortunately turned the whole photo pink!
For Skywatch Friday
This giant otter is another photo from my recent journey… he was very determined about defending his territory, but actually the smell would have been enough to keep most people from coming too close! Thank heavens for zoom lenses!