A Life – For You, For Me

Live. Free, like birds. No rules. Open path, leading to a world unknown to me, to anyone. Living is already a risk. What’s one more try at something extraordinary going to do? Trying is always better than not.

Sing to a powerful song. Listen to a loud tune. Dance to a wild beat. So good for the soul. Imagine a world violence-free. It could be. Doing whatever I please. In peace; with the world, with you, with me.

Pulling in different directions, but in coordination. Oh what a wonderful life it would be. A life lived by me and only me. No other traffic controllers directing it from every angle. As it should be. For you, for me.

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Time Doesn’t Slow Down

I saw a clock turn time today;
it was quick and sharp.
From seven to eight
the colon blinked once.

A rarity it is
to catch the clock doing time
Because, even though it’s its job,
it is too fast for the eye.

Perhaps that’s my fascination,
we never see eye to eye;
me being the late-runner I am,
time doesn’t think that I try

To move at the pace it requires to
make it to dinner by nine.

So today looking at it for once,
actually, so many times,
I smirked, stared and wondered;
so this is how time goes by.



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¿Cómo Se Dice…?

Every day week, I’ll tweet a Spanish word or phrase with its English equivalent or definition. If you miss it, most of those words or phrases will be posted here for reference. It’s a free daily Spanish lesson from me to you. 🙂 Happy learning!

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Spanish Word of the Day

Como Pedro por su casa – (Usually it is used to mean that someone acts as if they own or know a place they’ve never been to very well and make themselves at home.)

Tener algo entre ceja y ceja – (To be dead set on something or someone / Keeping an eye on something or someone)

Dar en el clavo [acertar] – (To guess right; Hit the nail on the head)

¡A vivir, que son dos días! – (Live it up, life is short)

Autodidacta – (Self-taught)

Cantar las cuarenta – (Scold someone; “Tell them a thing or two”)

A flor de piel – (Skin-deep/On edge/Intense obvious emotions)

A la fuerza ahorcan – (Doing something only because no other choice)

El pan de cada día – (Daily bread; Regular food needed for sustenance)

Amigo por correspondencia – (Pen pal)

Arrimar el hombro – (Help out; “Lend a hand”)

Andar con rodeos – (Purposely avoid or wast time before talking or delivering a message; Beat around the bush)

A diestro y siniestro – (All over the place; “Left and right”)

Ahorro de luz diurna / Horario de verano – (Daylight-saving)

Más buscados [criminal] – (Most wanted)

Aguar la fiesta – (Spoil the fun; Rain on someone’s parade)

Dar luz verde [autorizar] – ([fig.; Green light/Go ahead)

Ir al grano – (Get to the point; “Cut to the chase”)

Un cuento chino – (A hard to believe tale; Cock-and-bull story)

Desgracia compartida, menos sentida – (Sharing your sorrows with someone can make you feel better)

De lo perdido saca lo que puedas. – (Make the best of a bad situation)

No hay mal que por bien no venga – (Every cloud has a silver lining)

Hay pájaros en el alambre – (Others may be listening/The walls have ears)

A otro perro con ese hueso – (“Yeah, right”/Go try to fool someone else)

Al mal paso darle prisa – (Get it over and done with)

La vida sedentaria – (Couch potato lifestyle)

A donde te quieren mucho no vayas a menudo. – (A constant guest is never welcomed)

Consejo no pedido, consejo mal oído. – (Never give unsolicited advice)

La vida sigue su curso – (Life goes on)

Pionero de la moda – (Trend setter)

Alta mar – (Far from the coast; the high seas, open sea)

Las apariencias engañan – (Looks can be deceiving/Beauty is but skin-deep)

Turbar – (Disturb)

Veracidad – (Truthfulness)

Imbécil – (Moron/Idiot)

Ingenua(o) – (Person with lack of wisdom; Naive)

Oftalmología – (Branch of medicine dealing with the eye; Ophthalmology)

Cuando menos piensa el galgo, salta la liebre – (Things happen when we least expect them)

Prever – (Foresee / Anticipate)

Idolatría – (Worship of a god / Idolatry)

Petardo – (Firecracker)

Asunto urgente – (Pressing matter)

No hables mal del puente hasta haber cruzado el río – (Know before you judge)

Pintoresco – (Picturesque/Colorful/Eccentric)

Anticonceptivos – (Birth control; Contraceptives)

Carga – (Load/Charge/Figuratively: Burden)

Carencia – (Lack/Shortage)

Ojo por ojo, diente por diente – (EqFigurativelyual punishment; An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth)

Caudal – (Volume/Flow [river])

No hay peor ciego que el que no quiere ver – (Blinded/To be in denial)

Sabiduría – (Wisdom/Knowledge

Quisquilloso – (Finicky/Picky [eater])

Crepúsculo – (Twilight hours/Dusk)

Convivir – (Live together; Coexist)

Tinieblas – (Darkness/Dark/Obscurity)

Quien a buen árbol se arrima, buena sombra le cobija – (Surround yourself with good/important people)

Anochecer – (Nightfall / Dusk)

Reconciliarse – (Make up / Reconcile)

Día del padre – (Father’s Day)

Quien mucho abarca, poco aprieta – (To try to do more than you’re able to)

Mundial de Fútbol / El mundial / Copa del mundo – (World Cup)

Timón – (Helm/Rudder/Steering wheel)

Prevaricar – (Consciously misinform the public /Fail to act)

Tomar las cosas a pecho – (Take things seriously; Take things to heart)

Dañino – (Harmful/Dangerous)

Aguacero – (Downpour / Rain shower)

Tórrido – (Scorching hot / Steamy)

Agridulce – (Bittersweet)

Maléfico – (Evil; Maleficent)

De poeta y loco, todos tenemos un poco. – (We have all been fools once in our lives)

Harto – (Jaded/Tired of something)

Desistir – (Give up / Cease)

Lanzar/Tirar – (Toss / Throw away)

Salado – (Literally: Salty; Figurative.: Jinxed / Unlucky)

A la estela de / A raíz de… – (In wake of…)

Hacer sentir culpable – (Attempt to make someone feel guilty; Guilt trip)

Día de los caídos – (Memorial Day)

Ser un dolor de cabeza / Ser un fastidio – (To be a pain in the ass)

Ser un manojo de nervios – (Be a nervous wreck)

Travieso – (Naughty / Mischievous)

Fósforo / Cerilla – (Match [fire] )

El tiempo lo cura todo – (Time heals all wounds)

Con la vara que midas, serás medido – (You’ll be judged in the same way you judge others)

Intrépido – (Bold/Fearless)

Persevera y triunfarás – (Persevere; If at first you don’t succeed, try again)

Esquivar – (Dodge/Avoid)

Buen(a) mozo(a) – (Good-looking)

¡No me digas! – (Expresses disbelief; “No way!”)

Inalcanzable – (Unattainable)

Como aguja en un pajar – (Like a needle in a haystack)

Lo que por agua viene, por agua se va – (Easy come, easy go)

Secuestrar – (Abduct/Kidnap)

¡Ojo! – (Literally: Eye; figuratively: “Look out!”)

Otra vez la burra al trigo – (Repeatedly say something; Here we go again)

Menso – (Dumb person / Idiot)

Travesti – (Transvestite)

Se pilla al mentirosos antes que al cojo – (The truth always comes out)

Denigración / Deshumanización – (Objectification [of women/human being])

¡Menudo rollo! – (What a pain)

Mirar el lado positive – (To look at the bright side)

Alma en pena – (Lost soul)

Novato – (Novice/ Rookie)

Huevo de Pascua – (Easter egg)

De noche todos los gatos son pardos. – (All looks the same in the dark / Appearance doesn’t matter in the dark)

Espina – (Thorn)

Ten por seguro… – (Rest assured…)

Sangriento – (Bloody)

Moribunda(o) – (Dying person/Crumbling)

Del árbol caído, todos hacen leña – (Knocking somebody when they’re already down)

No dejar camino por vereda – (Don’t leave a real thing for uncertainty)

Vereda – (Sidewalk)

Incertidumbre – (Uncertainty / Doubt)

Comején – (Termite)

Más vale pájaro en mano que cien volando. – (A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.)

Obsequio – (Gift/Present)

Hay mucho más donde elegir – (There are plenty more fish in the sea)

Rebotar – (Bounce)

Contraseña – (Password)

Amor no correspondido, tiempo perdido. – (To love in vain is a pain/waste of time)

Atroz – (Heinous / Awful)

Pudiente – (Well-off)

Ya que estamos en el baile, bailemos. – (Might as well go all the way)

Rabiosa(o) – (Rabid/Wild/Frenzied)

Si te he visto, ya no me acuerdo – (Long absent, soon forgotten)

Polémica – (Controversy/Argumentative)

Entremetido – (Meddlesome/Snooper)

Obra de común, obra de ningún. – (Too many cooks spoil the broth”)

Ruiseñor – (Songbird/Nightingale)

Trabajador independiente / autónomo – (Self-employed / Freelancer)

Tibio – (Lukewarm)

A donde el corazón se inclina, el pie camina. – (Follow your heart/Home is where the heart is)

Saint Patrick’s Day – (Día de San Patricio)


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What Was It? – a Poem

The clues were always there;
I just never knew how to read.

Now trying to solve the mystery

I get confused in the mix.

Was it the heat of the summer?

Perhaps your inquisitive ear?

Was it your puppy eyes begging for me to come near?

Was it your persistence, the wordless words you spoke?

Maybe your tender smile,

hiding a million thoughts?

What was it?

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