I Give It To The River

I throw a flower into the air
and it takes a free flight
before it lands in the water
and the river takes it

And I give it to the river
All that is not mine
I am in motion
though my feet remain
on the riverbank

And even my strongest
heart’s desire
I give it to the river
River, will you take care
While I find ground
on solid land

And I trust you are not far
as I’m not far either
and the water will guide us
to find the harbour
of common ground

©RoseGirl2018

Angel Of My Heart

My angel of my heart
Even behind your clouds
I see your light
In your biggest storm
I find your stillness

Even your thunder words
caress
In your masks I see your face
When you shout
I hear your quietness
In your distance
I feel your close embrace

Even in your fears
I see your courage
In your pain
I see you healing

In your tears
I find the rainbows
In your lies
I see your truth

Since in you
I find you
always

©RoseGirl2018

The Imperfect Rose

I saw a rose that had scars
of rough weather
of thunderstorms,
rain and cold
She had lost
some of her petals
And although
she had her shadows
and wore her thorns
She was the most
delicate flower
rooted in heaven
As she had found
her radiating beauty
within her
perfect imperfection

©RoseGirl2018

Up-tempo Beat

My love, let our feet dance and dance
to this up-tempo beat
Let our heads forget and forget
till we only have
this empty space
of sounds and footsteps
Com’on my love
The dancefloor is all ours
Can you feel the rhythm?
Let our bodies move and move
Faster, even faster
Let us whirl around like a wind
till there’s nothing left
but movement
but action
but vibrating tunes
Let us dance, dance, dance
As though we are
undisturbed
disentangled
from a reality
that went crazy

©RoseGirl2018

Dragon

Hear how the ocean rages
It spits its water
on the beach
A dragon rides the waves
and fires words
that thunder
mercilessly
against the cliffs

Oh dragon inside my heart
Roar your fire
Shout your strength
Over the land and
the mountains
And be as wild
and fearless
as the raging sea

©RoseGirl2018

Looking Out For You

Clouded is the sky
Like the sea it lost
its colours of deepest blue

All seems so grey now
Where are the rainbows,
the sunflowers,
the brave heroes
of the glorious sea?

Lost feathers on the beach
Oysters in the sand
that keep inside
their precious pearls

Sand rubs my feet
The sound of waves
invades my ears
and thoughts

But look,
on the horizon
ships come in
Fishermen bring
tales and treasures
to the land

And look,
how the seagulls float
Do they know?
Have they seen?

As long as there’s hope
that the sun will shine again
I’ll look out for you

©RoseGirl2018

Love Is Everywhere Around

Always firmly stand your ground
Love is everywhere around
The sun shines on your face
So don’t give up

Don’t give in to fears and doubts
Always look beyond the clouds
The truth is in your heart
And so is he

Just open to receive
All is already here
The prison is your mind
Though in the castle of your heart
you are free

©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

Our Fado Song

Here in the narrow, steep streets of Lisbon
We step into a fado song
And drown in the lake of longing
Our story woven
into the history of this town

A you and a me
A love that reaches overseas
Sailing the stormy waves of destiny
Wine and fish, music, poetry and tears
Melancholy blends with hope
O meu amor do silêncio
Your melodies are echoing
forever in my heart

©RoseGirl2018

Reciprocity

In the forest between Cascais and Sintra, Portugal

I breathe out the air
the trees take in for me
I inhale the air
the trees transformed for me

Underneath the ground
a network of roots
connects the trees
The forest breathes
as one with me

©RoseGirl2018

Rebirth

The initiation well of Quinta da Regaleira, Sintra

The tower does not reach up into the sky
but descends down into the ground
A spiral staircase leads me
into the underworld of darkness
Inside the womb of mother earth I die
I take off my old self
at the bottom of the dark, moist cave
And then slowly I rise
Rebirth my renewed me
I emerge from the labyrinths of my own depths
Journey towards the daylight
Up into your radiant mystery

©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

Wings Of Gratitude

I bow for the land and the sea underneath me
I bow for the sky spreading widely in front of me
I bow for the angels close above me
I bow for the harvest of the days behind me
For the seeds of tomorrow within me
For the lights of the souls around me
For your heart beating always along with me
For the love flowing strongly through me
For all that you are and all that I am
I bow

©RoseGirl2018

Destination

A gloomy sea under a dreary sky
Salty tears and bitter thoughts
The horizon is a line to cross,
a misty spot in future
The boat leaves a trail
behind and disturbs the water

Don’t look back
Don’t look forward yet
Just feel how the wind
makes your hair dance
The moist on your skin
Him in your heart
Destination lies within
the now

©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

Mouraria Poesia

Lisbon, February 17th

Mouraria,
Ghetto of the Moors
With its steep narrow streets
Baracks between
colourful tiled houses
Cracks in walls
Scars of the earthquake
will not allow to forget

Cradle of fado
Shades of people who
lived here,
who died here
Their voices still heard at night
A resigned echo
during the day
Calmness and passion
rule the hearts
of those
who believe in fate

Laughter and tears
of ordinary men
and women
with shared
ordinary dreams
Just like ours

©RoseGirl2018

The Cathedral

Lisbon, February 16th

The Sé adorns the city
And graces its heart
Inside the wisdom of silence
preaches

And touched
by ages of devotion
I build my own cathedral
with words of elegance,
prayers of truth and love
To rise up to heaven
and honor
the poetry of life

And like a crusader
I dedicate myself to
my own divine path
Knowing that
glowing glamour
lies within

©RoseGirl2018

Tram 28

Lisbon, February 15th

I glide up and down the hills
trough the narrow alleys
on tram 28
This vehicle of romance
that shakes me into nightly daydreams

And suddenly
I am in a movie in black and white
And my heart starts to beat excitedly
Because – who knows –
At the next stop there is a man waiting for me,
holding a red rose
in his hand

©RoseGirl2018

Wavy Patterns

Cascais, February 15th

The sea here at my feet
The world perceived in wavy patterns
Things come and go and come
In this carousel of life
My gaze at the horizon
There is only this ocean between us
A sea that divides the land

And I could walk over water
Or ride a winged horse to take me
all the way to the promised land
Or I could just stand my ground here
Firmly with both feet in the sand
And wait the sea to bring me
All that is meant to roll back my way

©RoseGirl2018

A New Day

Lisbon, February 15th

A light rain shower awakens

the town this morning

A baptism of heaven’s waters

to reassure me I am on the right path

And all is safe and I am blessed

to follow my footsteps into this new day

©RoseGirl2018

Dancing City Lights

Lisbon, February 14th

The dark is a comfortable blanket
that covers me in sweetness
Words of life caress the streets
Everything here breathes poetry
At the other side of the riverbank
I see the city lights dancing
And I could dance along with them
all night long
In the knowing that
The sun will rise again
at its own perfect timing
That life’s tides come my way
the way they do
That this city follows
its own unshakeable rhythm
And as long as I follow mine
I will never be out of tune

©RoseGirl2018

Ode At Sunset

Lisbon, February 14th, Valentine’s Day

He whose beauty I find in every sunset
He whose eyes I see when I close mine
He whose smile I feel in rays of happiness
He whose light guides my way
through the darkest hour
He whose voice sings me
into sweetest dreams
He whose embrace contains
more than the world
He whose soul I love
Beyond body, time and space
He whose heart stirs up these words
For him is written,
For him is sung,
While the sun glides off the earth,
gratefully this ode

©RoseGirl2018

Uma Casa Portuguesa

Lisbon, February 13th

It’s cold outside
So come on in
And warm yourself
In this Portuguese house
Sit here with me
at the fire
Lend your ear to
melodies of melancholy
Guitarristas play
The fadista sings
About a heart that burns,
that longs
A fire inside
that is so strong
It lights up true faces
As by the light
of a heart on fire
Only realness
does not get burned away

©RoseGirl2018

Picture: João Martins
“Fado Corrido” com Amália Rodrigues, 1964

Hold Up My Heart

Lisbon, February 13th

The sun meets me
Here on top of the hill
at the castle of
the brave knights
Past and present
dance together
In a fairy tale of
living happily ever after

The town down there
tells about the earthquake
Long time ago
That shook up its sight
destroyed its buildings
Though left its heart untouched
Fiercely the city has risen
from ashes of
fire and water
Passion faces forward
into new beginnings

And here above time
I hear the church bells ringing
See the clouds floating
And I step forward
To hold up my heart with pride

Since here in this town
By the grace of the Tagus
The sounds of fado
The smell of sardines
The taste of victory
I am happy
to have you in my heart

©RoseGirl2018

Lisbon By Night

Vibrating dark shines
its beauty
upon Portuguese streets
The wavy tiles
of Rossio square
let me flow
into the magic
of a city
that speaks
of love
The fountains sing
their water
up into the air
A winter night
in Lisbon
is a warm
glowing heart
underneath the stars
Heavenly I find
you in every corner
of this town

©RoseGirl2018

Love Doves

Is it true
that today
heaven’s blue looks
even bluer than blue?
And the houses of white
are brighter than bright?
People who pass by
give me their smile
And palm trees
of greenest green
wave excitedly at me
Doves do a love dance
Then go up into the sky
I let me,
let you go
Birds just need
to fly

©RoseGirl2017

Let’s Get Lost

Let’s get lost 
in the tales of 
this town
Let’s get lost 
in the maze of
our hearts,
In the space 
outside 
the map
Without anything to expect 
We’ll be surprised 
all the time
So let’s get lost 
in the streets of
this town
In your arms 
I want to be found

©RoseGirl2017