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'For a Long Lost Espanya', recently versified, was based on diary notes dating from 28/3/14, having been manifestly made during a bout of deep Verlainian mournfulness akin to that which produced 'And If My Soul Is Crying', 'How Sad True Sadness', 'Or Happier At Least', 'That Infamous Myth' and 'The World from the Shadowlands'.

For a Long Lost Espanya

Def._2015_36_by Carl Halling09 May 2016

O how
Ruefully I pine
For a long lost Espanya,
What I wouldn't give,
To be young again...
And happy as I was back then...

Maria, full of peace,
Do you remember
Francis Albert
Sing songs of Tom Jobim
That mournful afternoon...
Happy as you were back then...

O for
That wide-eyed
Impression of yours,
Paquita la de Murcia
Of your beloved Marilyn...
Happy as you were back then...

O how
Ruefully I pine
For a long lost
Espanya,
What I wouldn't give,
To be young again...
And happy as I was back then...