OF RAIN AND WALL POEMS

Feel like going on a “poem hunt”? Then you should visit Leiden in the Netherlands. Scattered around town, you will find muurgedichten – 101 poems in different languages that were painted on the outer walls of various buildings. You would see, for example, poems by William Shakespeare, Pablo Neruda and e. e. cummings, and those of Dutch authors who lived or studied in this university town. And because we’ve had nothing but rain this weekend in Barcelona (rain and snow in some parts of Spain), I thought I’d share with you one of the wall poems we found in Leiden in 2010. It is titled “Pluja” which is the Catalan word for rain. We saw this wall poem one afternoon while walking back home after birdwatching.

Pluja wall poem in Leiden photo by denimandgray

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