60 Seconds for Thoughts on Thursday: Why Are You Yelling in the Basque Country of Spain?
by Diane Wyzga | September 22, 2022 | 60 Seconds, Podcast | 0 comments
Hello to you listening in Basque Country, Spain!
Coming to you from Whidbey Island, Washington this is Stories From Women Who Walk with 60 Seconds for Thoughts on Thursday and your host, Diane Wyzga.
My Camino pilgrimage took me from France into the Pyrenees Mountains before entering the Basque Country of Spain. Today I’m celebrating the anniversary of that stage of my pilgrim passage as well as offering a poem translated from the Basque.
15 Reasons to Yell
“Because you haven’t let out a yell in ages.
To make sure all your vowels are still in their proper places.
Because you’re alone and in desperate need of an echo.
To measure the height of a Gothic cathedral.
To cheer on an Italian cyclist.
To shoo off a grouchy mouse.
So they hear you from the last row of the theatre.
So they hear you from the other side of the creek.
So the fishes caught in the fish net hear you.
When you’re in water up to your neck, to call for the ring buoy.
To measure the depth of a bottomless well.
To invite the wolves to your birthday party.
So everyone knows that yelling is not so easy.
Because some others are unable to yell.
So that the woods will learn your name.” [~Harkaitz Cano, poet] (Translated from the Basque, by Elizabeth Macklin)
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