Music and Poetry: A Quiet Spot in Granada

Musical accompaniment (until 17th July):

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b048ngny

A Quiet Spot in Granada.
 
In Al-Andaluz the skies of the Maghreb encroach on its light
With clouds of Sahara dust and spices
Seeping heat into every stone and corner of
A garden, a balcony, welcome shade and silence.
 
Fusing Mohammedan and Sephardim, Moor and Jew
Such splendour, such wonders beyond all Christendom
Alcazars, Alhambara and Mezquita and faith all too tolerant
For Los Reyes Catolicos and the Inquisition
To bear its angelic weight.
 
So Reconquista was Babelish scatter of
Those Ladino Jews who left to live in Salonika
And die in Auschwitz,  leaving to Granada
A garden, a balcony, welcome shade and silence.

 

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