Por amiga, por amiga,

Here is a very appealing poem by Rafael Alberti. It is so short, almost haiku-like in its conciseness, you hardly realise you have read it when you get to the end, yet it makes you think a lot harder than you might anticipate. A poem about the battle of the sexes….

MADRID

Por amiga, por amiga.
Sólo por amiga.
Por amante, por querida.
Sólo por querida.
Por esposa, no.
Sólo por amiga.

From <http://www.poesi.as/raam001.htm&gt;
It reminds me of the saying that women say they want sex because they count on it leading to love and marriage; whereas men say they want love and marriage because they count on it leading to sex. Well, here Alberti is a bit more self-aware, or honest – he wants a lover and a friend, not a wife.

I love the repetitions, the short lines, the rhythms of this piece. They really help to make it memorable and thus support the basic idea.

What about the title, “Madrid”? Is it the place where Alberti wrote the poem? Is it the place where he met the woman he wants for his friend and lover, but not wife? Does it have anything to do with the rest of the poem? I have no idea.

Enjoy
The Poetry Dude

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