Don’t Cry For Me, Lisboa

Don’t cry for me, Lisboa
Although I didn’t visit you for a while
Bright city at the river Tagus
You remind me too much of my beloved
and all that is missing
Memories are captured in every tile

Tales have nowhere to go
I have been lost in your streets
and I was nowhere to find
I don’t want to make the Tagus
overflow with my tears
Or fixate the horizon
with my yearning gaze

But don’t cry for me, Lisboa
Wait for me instead
Keep me and my beloved alive
Honour us in your brightness,
in your poetry, in your fado songs
Pray for us in your churches
Cheer on us in the castle
Shine your light on in our hearts

Each night in my dreams
I dance with my beloved in your alleys
We make love under your stars
And one day, when fate aligns
I will return, I promise
to once again pick me and my beloved up

©RoseGirl2019

Explore Me

Oh my explorer, sail to my land
Find my treasures, make your discoveries
Although, you’re well-known
in my heart,
behind my words there is yet
a world to explore
Deep within me
in unknown territory
Maybe, even unknown to myself
There is the exotic, the wild
and the pure
Draw your map
Leave your traces
Where no one has gone before
Place your mark there
And raise your flag
as my land is yours

©RoseGirl2019

It Is A Beautiful Day

Although the day may look grey
It is a beautiful day to take a stroll
through the city
To sit on a bench and dream of you
To feed the pigeons and watch
the city life pass by
To give the beggars some coins
and to write a poem

It is a beautiful day to let
my tears flow when I miss you
to go with the flow
wherever the waves may take me
It is a beautiful day just to love you

©RoseGirl2019

I Dance For You Tonight

Let me dance for you tonight
Lit by the full moon
I dance the stars into the sky
I make our wishes burn fiercely
above us
I dance the kisses onto your lips,
the sparkle in your heart,
the passion in your eyes,
your knees on the ground,
your desires reaching out
Love moves my curves
Graceful and sensual
Follow my body for it tells you a story
And only you can read,
only you can see
I dance a silent dance
But you’ll hear the words
You’ll hear the music
You’ll feel its meaning
As I dance for you
For your eyes only

©RoseGirl2019

Divine Interventions

Two small yellow trams
glide through the streets of Lisbon
Each has its own destination
But then, they suddenly seem out of control
Is it because she is in one of the trams
And he is in the other tram?
The strong magnetic attraction
between them even make trams
go their own way
and drive towards each other
until they almost collide
Because the whole universe will conspire
and will push and pull
to bring two lovers of true love
back to each other
and then will even make trams
to its vehicle of fate and fortune

©RoseGirl2019

Honour The Path Behind You

As you rise more and more in yourself
You inspire me to honour the path
that lies behind me
as so often I tend to erase the footprints
that brought me to today

I want to remove the old trails
And every day start on a blank page again
But you show me
to become whole within
is to embrace those parts from the past
And see in everything art and beauty

Just like this city through which I walk
that breathes history wherever I look
And that makes monuments from ruins

Let’s turn around together
and see how far we’ve come
Although some things may be ugly
or imperfect
There was and is always beauty
to be found in our love

©RoseGirl2019

Walk Here With Me

Walk here with me in this town
Dance with my feet
See through my eyes
The river, the castle, the colourful
houses, the Portuguese tiles
Sense through my skin
The wind from the sea
The warmth of the sun
Hear through my ears
The fado, the pigeons,
the sound of passionate Portuguese
Smell through my nose
The sardines, the salt water
Taste through my mouth
the red wine, the pastéis de nata
the fish, the bica
Feel through my heart
the soul, song and poetry
but above all, the immense love
I have for you that colours my senses
and illuminates this town

©RoseGirl2019

My True Fadista

And in the last evening light
in the old neighbourhood Alfama
on the stairs of a narrow alley
I listen to a fado singer
who pours his heart out with closed eyes
Songs of love, saudade, melancholic longing

And how much this singer may touch
And how many other singers I may listen to
There is no singer like you, o meu amor
Every singer I hear only makes me
miss you more
Your voice like an angel
that sings my heart purely into heaven
That cradles me, enchants, entices and soothes

Fado that means fate
is the music of destiny
Then you are my true fadista
Your voice, your song destined
to be received by my heart
Like I am your true poeta
My words, my poems, are fated for you

©RoseGirl2019

You Are Here

And when I sit by the river
and see all the water
My eyes wander in the distance
towards the west
Waves of panic roll over me
It is when instead of feeling
this union with you in heart and soul,
I feel the deep pain of bodies
that are separated from each other
Instead of seeing it with the eyes
of the spiritual
I see it with the limited eyes of the earth

But then I feel you in my heart
This strong heart connection
that calls me back to myself
‘Are you there, my love’, I ask
‘Yes I am here’, you say
I hear your gentle voice inside
Your comforting presence
that calms down my heartbeat
I cry and smile at the same time

©RoseGirl2019

Melancholic Passion

(With video below)

The music starts to play
and then we are the fado
And in a naked, raw song
we let our bodies find each other
As if we only have the now
It has been too long, o meu amor
My tears drop on your skin
While yours drop on mine
They melt in the heat
of our passion
Lips and hands that seek
and taste desire
The flame in our hearts
We let it rise, o meu amor
We don’t let an ocean divide
no more
I kiss away the salt on your skin
Your lips that cleanse mine
What remains then
what always remains
after the last tone
the last note
is
love

©RoseGirl2019

The First And Last Word

In the bright city of myths and legends
Where so much history has been written
Where once the Phoenicians,
the Moors and the Romans came
Where a big earthquake destroyed everything
But many hands led by resilience
and dreams rebuilt again
The city from which new discoveries
have been made
And explorers conquered the world
Where people believe in fate
and in the leading hand of God
Here in the Sé de Lisboa, the cathedral
I light a candle for me and you
Like I’ve already lit many
Each as a holy beacon of light around us
Then before the altar I kneel down
And pray for a miracle
Or do I pray for destiny to unfold
May we be reunited
And be brought back together
My Lord, my angels,
please, wipe away these tears
Lift the heavy burden from my shoulders
And help me to have faith
in the divinity of true love
Help me to believe and to see
what my heart and soul know
But my mind seems to doubt
That true love will always have
the first and last word

©RoseGirl2019

Lost In Lisbon

Rain in sun shiny Lisbon
Wherever I go my tears follow me
I try to seek you in my words,
in every corner, every street,
in the movement of the city
the flow of the river,
in shop windows,
in wine and in fado, in poetry

And I know, I won’t find you there
for first, I have to find you within
to see you without
But sometimes, there is just
this big sea of tears between us
That makes me float away from myself and thus
from you

©RoseGirl2019

Moonlight

Like a princess I lie on my bed
the doors to the balcony are open
From outside I hear the sounds of
passionate Portuguese
And if I take a deep breath
I can smell the river and the sea
Salt water and sardines
The moon shines on my face
And then I think of you, my sun
The sun that shines on the moon
His rays so bright
That she reflects it strongly
and lights up my face

©RoseGirl2019

On A Rooftop

I stand on a rooftop
and look over Lisbon
A guitarist next to me plays
The Beatles’ song ‘Yesterday’

And it’s so easy now to fly out
to follow the stream of my thoughts,
the wind of my desires
and to seek you everywhere
in every corner, on every cloud
to even look across the ocean
For there are Sirens by the river
that try to entice me to fly farther
But I know in the end I will hit
my head against a cliff

Somewhere down there
I hear the sound of church bells
that reminds me
to keep my feet on the ground,
my energy at home
To look for sacredness within
As the holy grail of our love
My key to you lies inside my heart

And then around me
the wind may blow
the Sirens may call
Yesterday may pull
Memories may shout
But I’ve found my ground
on a rooftop, in the eye of love

©RoseGirl2019

Love Without Words

It is nighttime in Lisbon
and I cannot sleep
I sit on the balcony
The moon and stars serenade me
with their light

And if you would be here
I would cuddle up to you
And with our fingers
we would draw lines between
the stars
We would paint in the sky
And we would love without words

I sit here alone
You are far away
In your sky, across the ocean
the sun shines
Both we look up
with our fingers we paint out
our love
You paint with sun rays
I paint with stars and moon
And we love without words

©RoseGirl2019

The River Sings

Tears run down my cheeks
when I take my first steps in Lisbon
The city is a museum of memories
that don’t take me in
but let me stand on the treshold
and I can only watch
how Portuguese melancholy
comes over me like a big wave
and makes me miss you so much

And I walk straight to the river
I almost run
while the last sunlight shines upon me
I hear the whisper of the river Tagus
that strokes like a warm evening breeze
gently over my cheeks
to bring me a kiss from my beloved,
a message from overseas

And the Tagus sings:
‘Oh dear, don’t step back into memories
but step forward into visions
Dream and write your beloved
here with you
Pull his ship across the ocean
By the force of the love in your heart
He is closer than he’s ever been

©RoseGirl2019

Singing My Man Home

River Tagus, with your strong stream,
that takes the water
from the Atlantic ocean
into Portuguese land,
will you bring my beloved to me
from overseas
Please take his ship gently
As he endured stormy waters
that broke down his old beliefs
But could never damage his pure heart
I will stand here on your bank
as his beacon
My heart song will sing my man home

©RoseGirl2019

I Wish

I wish I could tell you all my tales,
live with you the stories
And make the magic flow once again
in this town
‘Cause the buildings are just buildings
My letters are just letters
The night is just the night
And even Lisbon is just Lisbon
If it isn’t touched by your fairy eyes

©RoseGirl2019

Eternal Love

(With video below)

Here in Lisbon it’s like time doesn’t exist
And history is now
All what lies between us is erased
All what will happen has already been written
The stars in our eyes once told the story
Nothing to worry, but a lot to smile
As I walk in the streets, I float
in the eternal space of our love

©RoseGirl2019

Once It Flows, It Flows

And I walk along the river
Where you should have walked too
Next to me there is the water now
Which I cannot hold, but it flows
The river is like sadness
Where does it start
Where does it end
Once it flows, it flows

The sun burns on my face
Like my heart burns for you
Even the birds don’t fly today,
but they walk
on an empty riverbank
And I find the freedom in my footsteps
My hope in my heart
And once I walk, I walk

©RoseGirl2018

Lost Lovers – Prayer To St. Anthony Of Lisbon

St. Anthony, there are two lovers
Who love each other
like nothing else in the world
He is her sun, she is his rose
Though they are wandering
And can’t find their way
back home

Please, St. Athony
Since you are the protector
of the lost and the lovers
Bring them back
to where they belong
and let them find each other
in one another’s arms

©RoseGirl2018

Mourning Sky

The sky above Lisbon mourns
It left its bright colours
and pours its heart out
upon the tiled streets
No umbrella gives shelter
as heaven’s teardrops
and its wind of sorrow
break through any shield

©RoseGirl2018

Girl By The Castle

Oh girl by the castle
Are your tears falling down again
Your heart too much of a burden
And your fairy dreams don’t let you in
Because your king is not at home?

Oh girl, looking at the clouds,
the hills and the river down there
While wishing for the stars
and a flying horse to ride

Wipe away your tears
and be his queen
Straighten your back
Rise in love
The castle is yours
For your light
is needed in the world

©RoseGirl2018

Girl By The River

There is a girl on the riverbank
And she waits for him
Her gaze longs
in the distance
There where the river flows
into the ocean
Far beyond her eyes can reach
But her heart knows where to look

She watches the ships that sail by
And counts time
While her tears drop one by one
into the water
The river carries them away
and brings them to the ocean
Far beyond her eyes can see
But her tears know where to flow

©RoseGirl2018

Crescent Moon Lullaby

Oh crescent moon above Lisbon
You rose from the shadows
since you grow
in your full truth more and more

And now you are waxing
and this night when I’ll
be sleeping
and you’ll keep watch
over the land underneath,
will you please bring
my beloved in my dreams

©RoseGirl2018

Shimmering Gold

The evening sun
lights up the streets of Lisbon
The tiles of Restauradores
are of shimmering gold
Magic paves the road
into a world
where all is possible,
where creation lies
in every step, in every word
and science is
just a poor belief

©RoseGirl2018

In The Courtyard Of The Castle

My dear king, where are you
I drink my glass of wine
in the shades of trees
of the courtyard
protected by the castle walls

And I look out for you
over the town,
the river and the hills
While a summer breeze
blows through my head
and strokes my cheeks

And I could conquer worlds now
and create by my poetry
My sight is so clear
My army so strong
But would it matter
as my glass is half full
And you did not yet appear?

Would it matter
That the flags are raised,
the cannons are loaded,
the table’s set,
and I toast to us
even though
There is only one glass
And there is just me
and the endless horizon
to gaze at?

Yes it matters
that the sun is shining
the king is always expected
And although my glass is empty
My veins are filled
with glowing warmth
As the throne of a king
is in a queen’s heart

©RoseGirl2018

White Birds

Tonight white birds fly over Lisbon
to reconcile heaven and earth
and bring peace
between your heart and mine
And while the church bells
of the cathedral ring
The flying messengers
come to sing
That all is safe and well
and forgiven
Since the sky that connects,
has been cleared

©RoseGirl2018

Toast To Life

São Jorge Castle, Lisbon

The queen is at her castle
and overlooks the city
that spreads majestically
down by the river,
into the valley
and over the seven hills

Life is good to those
who toast to life

©RoseGirl2018

Rocks In The River

There are rocks in the river
That block the water from flowing
The river keeps its tales unrevealed
And I am lost for words

I want to swim in your depths
Get drown in the waters of your heart
Float in your ocean
Your current will lead me
back to my words

©RoseGirl2018

My King

Lisbon, February 18th

My king of my heart,
I wait you here on the hill in my castle
Though do not expect wealth
As nothing here
is mine or yours
We do not own
the sun, the moon or the earth
But I promise you,
the one that holds the sword
of truth,
a river of love,
of flowing eternal gold

©RoseGirl2018

Shedding Tears

Lisbon, February 18th

When you shed your tears
And let them rain down
I will catch them
Cherish them
These fluid diamonds of your heart
I will make them a river
To flow into the world
It will fertilize the earth
And by the grace of your tears
New flowers will grow

©RoseGirl2018