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Lisbon – 18 Days of Six Word Stories

Hello Readers,

A week ago I visited the beautiful city of Lisbon, in Portugal. I found the city to be inspirational. It’s uneven rooftops, narrow cobbled streets, panoramic views and monuments were breathtaking!

When I returned to London, I knew that I wanted to capture my visions of Lisbon in words – and so I decided to write six-word-stories over a period of 18 days (nanowrimo inspired me to set this goal).

I began to write the stories a week ago on my social network pages – but now I actually want them to sit together (in the order they were written) so that they form some kind of free-style poem (any ideas what you might call a poem with six word lines over 18 lines? I have no idea!).

Lisbon

Mists rise. Castles fall. Love erodes.

Amalie sings Fado from cobbled terraces.

Funiculars climb; scrape through labrynthine Alfama.

On Belem turrets, gargoyles overhang, screaming.

Peacock Jorge, iridescently fan-tailed, stands inquisitively.

Cristo Rei, atop Almada, sunshine halo.

Hunched woman whispers, “I curse you.”

Mackerel on plate; napkin over head.

Roses, clothes, swing on iron balconies.

Pena Palace; Neo-Manueline arches, fairytale domes.

Sweet tongues succumb to Pastelaria pastries.

Handpainted Azulejo; depict florals, geometrics, history.

Tagus river spills into Atlantic Ocean.

Washed-out pastel facades need lick of paint.

Overhead tram cables streak cerulean skies.

Chilly Sintra tour beckons Lisbon hoodies.

Calcadinho de Santo Estevao; terrace dining.

Discoverers overlook Tagus; Ocean voyages ahead.

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