Friday, 20 April 2012

Where Do My Poems Go?

While I have come to know, recognise and love the readers who comment regularly on my blog, I cannot help but be curious about Heilbronn, Baden-Württemberg and Barreiro, Setubal. I am most particularly fascinated by Albacete, Castilla-La Mancha! Who, I wonder, are you?

It is such a pleasure knowing, thanks to blog widgets and gadgets, that Tangerang, Jawa Barat and Petaling Jaya, Wilayah Persekutuan visit me regularly. But such a mystery too, about you, Damascus, Dimashq, you, Braintree, Massachusetts, and you, Floirac, Aquitaine.

Perhaps a mystery you shall all remain. But today I want to thank you from San Antonio, Texas to Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, from Arak, Markazi to Bernardsville, New Jersey, from Atlanta, Georgia to Battle, East Sussex. Never was geography more pleasurable than here and now, with my poems arriving on your computer screens. Thankyou for reading me, all of you.

16 comments:

Ruth said...

I know who Albacete, Castilla-La Mancha is. :-)

Ruth said...

By the way, Inge and I had the great pleasure of joining Naomi Shihab Nye Wednesday evening, listening to her read poems and tell of her adventures. She is even more amazing, energetic and full of mischievous joy and love in person than I expected.

Shaista said...

Waiting to hear who La Mancha is!!!

Who is Inge?

And am green with envy about Nye... will scour internet - maybe someone recorded it...

Shaista said...

No wonder I have been so drawn to that particular place!!!

Makes perfect sense now... I have been wondering about La Mancha for so long - I am deeply happy I now know who he is :)

Ruth said...

Inge is my dear friend. We worked together, but it was not until she was diagnosed with breast cancer that we became soul mates. We embarked on an intense spiritual journey together, and we have not returned.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

It is our pleasure to read you, dear Shaista! You brighten our days.

Edward said...

And Powell river loves your poetry too. Though we rarely make it to your site, just the blog reader.

Andrew said...

To add to your geography lesson I am in the Bow Valley of Southern Alberta, very near Banff. I have been subscribed to your blog for a couple of years now.

oceangirl said...

Your beautiful poems touch hearts.

Shaista, my blog has a new address. It is on my profile. Thank you Shaista.

Lorenzo — Alchemist's Pillow said...

Yes, time to 'fess up: I live in Albacete, Castilla-La Mancha, smack dab in the middle of Don Quijote country. I must admit that I am tickled over the idea of such two dear blog friends as you and Ruth whispering about my identity.

Shaista said...

Lorenzo!! My Castilla-La Mancha mystery solved!!
Perhaps it is time for Ruthie and myself to come visit - then I will really feel connected to this poetic sounding place...

Lorenzo — Alchemist's Pillow said...

A visit would be wonderful, that way you and Ruth can see for yourselves the answer to your question: "Where do my poems go?".

Rizwan Tayabali said...

Literal translation of Wilayah Persekutuan is Federal Territory. and that would be us :)

Shaista said...

Riz!! Wondered if it was the two of you :) Love seeing those two words - even better now I know who belongs to it xxxx

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