I've been tagged by Jone and Whirling Dervish for the country poem meme as originating on Poefrika. The rules: Take a country whose name begins with the last letter of your surname. The last letter of my surmane is N. So I chose Nicaragua.
When you're nice and ready, tell us about the capital city of the country; Managua is the capital.
Say how many inhabitants that country has: 5.7 million.
Read more about Nicaragua here.
Find and share with us a poem in English of not more than 20 lines from that country. If it's longer, cut it to twenty lines or less;
Eheu - Ramon Dario
I am a student of the clouds,
I think I can interpret
the confidences of the wind,
the earth and the sea -
A few vague confidences
about being and non-being,
and fragments of awareness
from today and yesterday.
I stopped and cried out,
As if in the midst of a desert,
And I thought the sun was dead,
And I burst into tears.
I have to admit I'm not sure whether this is the whole poem or a fragment. Dario died in 1916 so I'm not breaking copyright by posting this, even if it is the complete poem!
read more about Ramon Dario and the importance of poetry in Nicaragua here.
Tell us something you particularly like about the poem you've chosen: I love how the narrator is in touch with and deeply affected by nature.
Add a line anywhere in the poem (beginning, middle or end), and clearly show which line is yours to avoid confusion and/or ambiguity. Sorry I'm not going to do this, I respect the original artist's integrity too much!
So now its over to you! If you want to join in, consider yourself tagged and leave a comment here so I can find your post!