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by Judith Tullis

Antonio Gaudi 1852-1926
Catalan Artist/Architecti

Flying from Madrid to Barcelona,
in the window seat next to me
I imagine Antonio Gaudi
inspired by the Spanish mosaic
laid out miles below—

patches of pale green olive groves,
undulating blue estuaries ripe with anchovies,
red-brown squares of soil crisscrossed
by rows of purple-laden grapevines,
all the rich provender of a Catalan table.

His impatient pencil scratches on paper
the serpentine plaza walls
and bubble-ceilinged pavilions
in a fluid parquetry of jewel tones
at Parc Guell high on a Barcelona hill,
the Mediterranean a sapphire at his feet.


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