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Modern Street Poetry

Sometimes, if luck is on your side and you are patient enough to look, you can encounter poetry or lyrics in Palma’s streets, and proverbs. Such outpourings might come in various shapes and forms and can attract your eye in often unexpected places. Street poems can be encountered as manifestations in the shape of graffiti, or else, on advertising notices offering services or wanting to sell goods and even as municipal adornments.

Along the Platja de Can Pere Antoni in Palma, just opposite the new Palau de Congressos building site, I found half a dozen tiles offering traditional Mallorcan refranys (proverbs) such as the one shown here: El peix cremant i la carn belant (the fish hot and the meat, medium done). Others talked about the calm sea or one or the other wind type. I came away with a smile.

The photo was taken in Palma, Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: November 18th, 2011. The time was 12:18:36.

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