Portuguese Singing Ladies

carminho 2


Portuguese Singing Ladies

(for Carminho, Mariza, Amália Rodrigues etc etc)
*Please listen to the song by Carminho that inspired this poem by clicking here

Ahhh, all you Portuguese singing ladies who torch my night!
How did you get that way?
How did you find this beat with that sound,
the depth that makes me swoon

and puts me to dream of
cerulean smokey perfumed rooms?

Oh, your lilting teasing voices, those pauses,
that passion, my oh my!

You transport me to embroidered curtains,
crystal fluted glasses, full red lips and moons.

You are the remedy for a rainy day;
you are my favorite and only happy pill,

that I ingest through my ears,
until I am feeling warm all over.

Your voices are the only transport I need,
to fly to faraway places,
even to my long forgotten  fantasies.

All of you wear the face of my muse in liquid- audio,
and if that’s not enough,

You make me turn on the light and write in the dead of night,
this poem.

Karima Hoisan
October 27, 2017

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4 Responses to Portuguese Singing Ladies

  1. daleinnis says:

    Lovely! Wonderful how you capture that shared dream that they inspire, with evocative images; curtains, glasses, lips, moons… Thank you!


  2. ronald174 says:

    Very, very nice! It is quite amazing how similar Middle Eastern Music and Portugese are. Thick, chewy, filled with passion. You give passions language and wings! Amazing. Creative. Great match


    • Thank you so much Ronald..and I think you are right..It’s the Arabic/Flamenco/Portuguese thing, that is so passionate yet controlled and on a similar vibrancy. I thought you might enjoy this one too. I am glad the link worked for you and you could have the full experience.


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