BY DAVIDMURRAYLAW@GMAIL.COM

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Prado is its name

 

a village without fame

 

save for its Roman bridge.

 

 

They said I was the first foreigner

 

to pass it over

 

in almost two thousand years.

 

 

A loira - the blond - she was

 

I mention her because

 

I fell for her.

 

the village beauty

 

as fair as fair could be

 

but with a tragic history.

 

 

 

One weekend

 

as was the custom then

 

the blond travelled with her namorado, her boyfriend

 

to a neighbouring place

 

where she could showcase

 

her beauty and her dance.

 

 

 

That night

 

there was a fight

 

between two men claiming her heart

 

the namorado disappeared

 

not to be seen again

 

until his body was found floating

 

down the river running under the Prado bridge.

 

 

I sometimes ask myself what was the destiny  

 

of this young lady coping with the penalty

 

of having loved her namorado

 

at fifteen without the sanction of the powers that be.

 

 

Hers was a secret that all the village knew

 

I am sure her love was true

 

But in Prado she could never find love again

 

especially when this happened - way back then.

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