Highly Commended Spanish Poem

26-Nov-2019


Autumn Poetry Competition 2019

Highly Commended Spanish Poem

Rosanna Morales for 'La Concha'


Paseándome por la playa esta mañana,

Me encontré una pequeña concha, enterrada en la arena.

La cogí y me la puse al oído,

Y la concha me contó una historia.

 

Su historia comienza con el sonido del mar,

Y lentamente me cuenta una historia llena de dolor;

Escuchaba los gritos de las ballenas,

Las súplicas de ayuda de los refugiados,

La soledad de la última tortuga

Y la tristeza de nuestros hijos.

 

Que dolor mas grande

Me ha dado esta concha tan pequeña.


Judge Charlie Durante's Comments:

"This unpretentious poem is a little jewel.  Sea-shells, as we all know, enclose a strange, hollow, rustling sound inside them. Usually, it is just reminiscent of the sea-swell (el sonido del mar), but Rosana interprets the sound for us in her poem.  It is really a wail of pain and suffering, both human and animal.  The hunted whale, the plea for help from refugees, the loneliness of the last turtle, the sadness of our children, are somehow encapsulated in the enigmatic sound of the sea –shell.  It is almost a world-sorrow (weltschmerz) which the poet draws out of the sea-shell; a lesson of man’s inhumanity to man and the animal kingdom.  Our concern for the ecosystem is succinctly urged by this marvellous poem; also our responsibility for human suffering.  How much meaning Rosana has packed into a mere twelve lines!"