slow dance

in a riverbank ballroom yellow-green leaves slow dance swooping and swaying to early evening breezes Copyright © 2022Lisana.BlogAll Rights Reserved

the fence

My whole life I’ve wondered about the man beyond grandmother’s fence. What’s he like? What hides behind his wooden door?Is his furniture dusty? Is that blue-gray cat, I sometimes see, allowed to sit on the furniture? Now, I’m at his door. I’ve often imagined this day but now it’s here, my feet are heavy. I…

green daze

It’ll be a green day, I told myself as I set out on a walk to Alfama, the oldest neighbourhood in Lisbon.   William Burroughs apparently called this a “colour walk”.  But I do it a little differently from what he recommended because I use a camera.  Here’s how I go about it.  After I step…

scarlet fever

In the early morning hours, I become entangled in a dream.  I try scrambling up and out of it but it keeps pulling me back in – this sticky, oleaginous dream. In it, I’m little. Maybe 6? And in this dream, I have scarlet fever.  My skin has become so hot that it comes off…

the scent of green

Is this my room?  I can’t remember now which one she’d shown me into when I first arrived.  I tiptoe in as though I don’t belong here. Like a thief.  My small suitcase stands against the wall – a silent sentry – so I suppose it’s mine, after all. The room itself glows a dull…

streetlight

If the streetlight stayed off, she decided, she’d go to the bar and sleep close to the doorway. If it came back on, she’d take her chances at the library. As she waited for her decision to be made, she forced herself to think only of the streetlight. She never dwelled on how she ended…

the postcard project

On my list of favourite things, personal challenges rank high. I don’t like when people challenge me to do something because invariably, I become nervous, then overthink it and end up messing up. But challenging myself? Yes, please! Everyday YWA challenge? Absolutely! Setting a timer for seven minutes then seeing how fast I can unpack…

chewy dumpling soup

Every culture has a dish that is a careful blend of ingredients and / or a demonstration of technique or skill. Curries, paella, roti or machboos, bouillabaisse and sushi – all fit into these 2 categories. Some dishes even require a blend of different items to create a single ingredient which is then used to…

afternoon rain

blue-grey afternoons hungry thunder, a heavy iron barrel rolling in the sky rain bathes dust awaycolours wake up – emboldened, bright While in the house, dark corners doze,waiting for tomorrow’s light

remember to fight

Doesn’t it feel like lately we’re living in a dystopian world? Humans have gotten so creative about the different forms of ‘ugly’ and hate we’ve been able to come up with – all intending to take power away from someone else. We’ve  really outdone ourselves. [Insert “slow clap” for us humans at this point.]   Sexism, racism, ageism…