Tuesday, October 19, 2010

zanzibar yearnings..




hurrah hurrah!
i've finished my work
and i'm off to zanzibar!

where i'm going to lie like this.


and watch the children in the blue.

and eat coconuts in a hammock and dream things...
i'll listen to the wind in the palms at night and ghost whisperings. and pretend everything is real.
i'll draw hearts in the white sand.

we'll find treasures on the beach and build fairy castles for the tide to feast on..

and i shall make up tales to scare and "delight" the children again. (and worry the father.)
yes. i shall. when we sit in the zanzibar twilight, facing into a frisky wind smelling of cloves and jasmine, a cheeky little wind which tears at our hair, when we stare silently at an early baleful moon rising over the sea, with apple calm minds, i shall regale them with the tale of the ghost man from paje. who cycles by after midnight. all you see is a pale figure, almost like a host of fireflies, as you hear his bicycle tyres crunch over the shells at low tide. he only rides by when the moon is high, looking for his lost love, calling calling calling, "fatima, fatima, fatima". sometimes, if you listen hard enough, you can hear it above the wind.... and if you're brave enough to peek out onto the pearly white beach, barred with the moon shadows of the coconut palms, you might just spy the glint of his silver bicycle flittering through the shadows....i think i saw him once, last time i was here. i did. i did. i did......well, of course i did, why would i lie? and sometimes, even, he will come knocking on your door...(okokok only if the first part does not have desired effects....)

i shall make time to wander through stone town, stopping in dark dukkas which smell musty and hide treasures from old india; old sabres from oman and giant keys for giant hearts; finding treasures and twinkling twirling skirts and beaded slippers.

and my heart shall feel so full with love, again and again and again. and again.


toodely toot, y'all, i'll be seein' ya. bisous X.X.X. spicy ones from zanzibar x j



15 comments:

Dumdad said...

Ooooooooo, Im' SO jealous! It's grey and rainy and chilly here in Paris. Oh well.

Have a great time!

Mud in the City said...

"Apple calm minds" - how perfect

karen said...

Now I am absolutely yearning for Zanzibar too, tho I've never been there!!

So glad to hear, after reading the last post, that you have finished all that work.. looking forward to hearing the magical tales when you return...

Janelle said...

ooooergh pole sana DD! its easy to get to zanzibar ya know!? x j

thanks T but MUST confess, i think i stole it from lawrence durrel, somewhere in the Quintet...or did he say "plum calm minds"...anyway. it's beautiful. x j

yeah zanzibar is gorgeous, karen. can;t wait to get there. thanks for swingin' by x j

Amanda said...

simply gorgeous janelle. enjoy, enjoy and enjoy some more and i feel a hell of a story comin' on about the ghost man from paje......

Angela said...

When you are there on the beach, drawing hearts in the sand, and you feel watched, somehow, it`ll be us, swaying there in our hammocks, whistling a low tune. Me at least, I am right there, waiting for the ghost man on his silver bicycle calling Fatima.
Fatima was the name of that red elephant which I once created for my children, as sompanion for Mahmut the White elephant.
Perhaps I should call the ghost man by his name Mahmud and his spell will break?

lakeviewer said...

Oh, so happy for you and the children. I'm new here, but your enthusiasm is so contagious, I feel I know you forever.

Eleonora said...

Sigh.


Not jealous, I promise...

Looking forward to more photos and more stories (even scary ones)


Ciao
E xx

Karen said...

Lucky girl! Hope you enjoy every minute of it!

Elizabeth said...

Zanzibar (one of Robert's destinations- of- his-dreams)
sounds bliss
and the ghost story form last time
scary indeed
tingly scary of the type the children love.....

Beaches sound like a good idea about now.

connie said...

beautiful post.

JoeinVegas said...

You make it sound so nice there

Family Affairs said...

Those photos are absolutely DIVINE. I have to go there. Soon. Lx

Janelle said...

blah bleh..just so it ends on 14....sigh. x

Hung said...

This is gorgeous!