Monday, December 19, 2011

Salud A Barra

Where the sweet rains fall
    into the vast, salty sea
Where sweat mingles with mangoes
    under the tree
Where the maple leaf holds hands
    with the stars and the stripes
Where brown people share tacos
    and beers with the whites
Where dances are danced
    and songs are sung
Where the elders rejoice
    to stay with their young
Barra's this place
    on her shaky foundation
You live once my friend
    so have another libation

– Chynna Chilton

(Lover of life, language and smiles, traveler of roads that go on for miles. From the Rocky Mountain desert – Chynna Chilton (that's me!!) has come to this village to live by the sea. Salud A Barra appears in the Bar None Anthology. Copies of which may still be available at Chynna's Backstage Bar in Barra de Navidad, Jalisco, Mexico.)


  1. This is so mesmerising! I love it! &

  2. Barra de Navidad (Christmas Bar) is much more than a place. Barra is a state of mind.

  3. nice, filled with the spirit of nature, well done!
    happy gooseberry day!

  4. Nature in the form of Hurricane Jova blew through town this past fall with many businesses falling into the ocean.

  5. Where sweat mingles with mangoes..this is so sensual...and full of scents, warmth and the golden light of mexico, tequila and breath-taking sunsets..would love to sit in that bar in Barra de Navidad now..

  6. I would buy you your first drink Claudia. Feliz Navidad!

  7. Wonderful poem. Nicely done!

  8. nice...this sounds like the place to be honestly...i would raise one there...smiles.

  9. This has spirit and a fine sense of place...and yes, we only live once, so I'll raise my wineglass to esta precioso Mexico, and to this vision of a full and happy life.

    1. Apologies was only now that I finished my toast to you!

  10. Sounds like a place I'd love to visit. A place where life is lived to the fullest. A refuge for my soul, a home. Loved it! Thanks for sharing.

    1. If vagabonds can have a home, if nomads cease to roam, Barra is the place that restless souls call home.