One of the most beautiful songs that I’ve ever heard. From the movie “Hable con Ella” by Pedro Almadovar.

Here are the lyrics in Spanish and English:

Dicen que por las noches
no más se le iba en puro llorar;
dicen que no comía,
no más se le iba en puro tomar.
Juran que el mismo cielo
se estremecía al oír su llanto,
cómo sufrió por ella,
y hasta en su muerte la fue llamando:
Ay, ay, ay, ay, ay cantaba,
ay, ay, ay, ay, ay gemía,
Ay, ay, ay, ay, ay cantaba,
de pasión mortal moría.
Que una paloma triste
muy de mañana le va a cantar
a la casita sola
con sus puertitas de par en par;
juran que esa paloma
no es otra cosa más que su alma,
que todavía espera
A que regrese la desdichada.
Cucurrucucú paloma, cucurrucucú no llores.
Las piedras jamás, paloma,
¿qué van a saber de amores?
Cucurrucucú, cucurrucucú,
Cucurrucucú, cucurrucucú,
cucurrucucú, paloma, ya no le llores

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English

Cucurrucucu Paloma

They say that at nights
He simply (got) through by just crying
They say that he wasn’t eating
It simply didn’t suit him just taking (food)
They swear that the sky itself
Was vibrating by listening (to) his weeping
How he was suffering for her,
And even when he was dying he was calling (to) her:
Ay, ay, ay, ay, ay he was singing
Ay, ay, ay, ay, ay he was wailing
Ay, ay, ay, ay, ay he was singing
He was dying from mortal passion.
(Like) a sad dove
Very early in the morning will sing
At the lonely house
Whose small doors are widely open
They swear that this dove
Is no other (thing) than his soul,
That is still waiting
For the unhappy (woman) to return.
Cucurrucucú dove, cucurrucucú don’t cry.
The stones never (d0), dove,
What will they know of loves?
Cucurrucucú, cucurrucucú,
Cucurrucucú, cucurrucucú,
Cucurrucucú, dove, don’t cry anymore

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Maya

Maya,

You were always an inspiration and a huge role model in my life. Thanks so much for walking with us on Earth for a time. Your spirit will always linger on this plane until again we walk together on another. I love you.

Always,

Your K.

R.I.P. Maya Angelou, 1928-2014

Respect Tropical Reefs

May 26 – Respect Tropical Reefs

A refuge for prey, lair for predators, shelter, nursery, food sources, and spawning ground-coral carries out a multitude of functions. Despite its appearance it is not an inert mineral but alive and growing extremely slowly. It takes coral a year to grow 3 to 4 inches, and it may have taken it more than a century to grow a 3-foot block. In a fraction of a second, a clumsy kick or blow with a flipper can destroy a coral formation that has been growing for centuries.

If you are vacationing by a tropical lagoon, do not walk on the reef. When diving, be careful of your flippers. And never break off a branch of coral to take home as a souvenir.

From the book 365 ways to Save the Earth by Philippe Bourseiller