Posted by: SSU Lingua Franca | May 1, 2013

Jarcha Poems by Spanish Literature Students

Jarcha Poems by Spanish Literature Students

Jarchas are brief poetic jewels dating as far back as the 11th century.  They are the first poems written in Mozarabe, an Arabic-influenced version of Hispano-Romance spoken in the south of Spain in the Middle Ages. They are characterized by notes of desire, longing and sensuality.  Written by men in the voices of women who yearn for the return of their beloveds, jarchas are poignant glimpses into the emotional realm of men and women in early Spain.

Here are a few selections written by students in this semester’s undergraduate (SPN401) and graduate (SPN706) literature classes of Dr. Kristine Doll.

From SPN401

Ya habibi ayeneeR tus labios son rosas
creciendo en el jardín.
Tus ojitos reflejan el sol.

—Alison Sabean

Cuando me despierto te quedas a mi lado
La brisa de la mañana lleva tu olor
Como al-misk y el jengibre
Mi morenito está aquí

—Christina L. Hamlin

From SPN706

Sin ti habib no puedo
ma bon, mi bello
ma bokella grita por ti
e tu corazoncito ¿gime por mí?

—Betsy Ramos

¡Meu sidi, amor lindo!
Su pecho peludo, una almohada de animal,
tanto anhelo, un reposo, un oasis en el desierto
dentro de su abrazo mortal.

—Sara Amancio

Mi corazón salta cuando pienso
del color negro, como tu pelo.
Cuando no puedo verte
quiero comer fresas, como tus labios.
¿Dónde estás, mi habib?  No sé.

—Gabriella Mirabella

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