A Poem For Nicaragua

by Brenna Holeman


Granada, Nicaragua

“Can you write a poem for me?” I asked strangers on the sidewalks.
I thrust a notebook into their surprised hands
But the pages remain blank.

Nicaragua, you glittering jewel, you red ruby in the dust
You lure us and seduce us, you keep us
Poetry runs in your blood, you say.
Words coarse through your veins.
Words are your life.

So I take to your streets, talking to your people.
“Can you write me a poem?”
But still they shake their heads no.

I stand in the square and I listen to the church bells
I watch as children set off fireworks and scream as they burst
I suck the sweetness from the pink fruit the silver-toothed lady sells me
I step aside for trotting horses with ribbons woven in their manes
I look up and the sky turns from blue to pink to gold.

“Can you write some poetry for me?” I ask the old man selling balloons.
“Here is your poetry,” he answers, his hand pointing at the square, his face turning toward the disappearing sun.

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Angelica June 29, 2012 - 1:17 am

Hi Brenna! I love your stories from Central America, and I know I’m going to love more of your stories once your in South America. Thanks for sharing them, you have no idea how much push it gives me to be patient and continue saving up for hopefully my own South American trip next year. 🙂

This Battered Suitcase June 29, 2012 - 5:44 am

Hi Angelica! Thank you very much for your nice comment; it’s so nice to hear that I can provide a bit of inspiration for you. I’m so glad that you are enjoying my blog – and best of luck with your own adventures! -Brenna

Sojourner June 29, 2012 - 1:57 pm

Aw, I love this post. I spent a week in Grenada a few years ago and absolutely fell in love.
I like the line: “trotting horses with ribbons woven in their manes”- ah memories. Continue to have a wonderful time!

mishvo June 29, 2012 - 2:08 pm

this is lovely!

This Battered Suitcase June 29, 2012 - 8:29 pm

Sojourner – Thank you very much! Granada is certainly easy to fall in love with…

Mishvo – Thanks!!

Katie @ Domestiphobia.net July 1, 2012 - 3:12 pm

I wish I had made it to Granada when I was in Nica – sounds amazing!

This Battered Suitcase July 1, 2012 - 4:23 pm

Katie – Next time, right?

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