It was our honeymoon — but in this case, it wasn’t the honey of the moon we sought. It was the elixir of the sun which drew us to Spain and to the Rioja. Landing in the land of wine, we took our accommodation in a history-drenched Parador in Santo Domingo de la Calzada — a beautiful old convent which paid homage to a religion, not mine. But in her search for our bed, my new bride had also discovered modern architectural gem in the Frank Gehry designed Hotel Marqués de Riscal, a sight to be seen, to be imagined. Entrance to this icon on the hill was, not surprisingly, restricted to those staying in one of the hotel’s 43 high-priced rooms … or, those using the spa. So, as you might expect, we booked a honeymoon-day at the spa and made a day trip of it see some of the most beautiful vineyards of the region.”
Poured into titanium
Man steals from nature.
My heart swells with wine
Distillation of your love
Honeymoon in Spain.”
Submitted as part of “National Poetry Writing Month – 2017” (#NaPoWriMo2017) — yes, April is “National Poetry Writing Month” and I have joined in the challenge to write 30 poems in 30 days. Today’s prompt is the haibun: a combination of travel-prose complemented by a haiku.
All text and photography © Dale Schierbeck
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