The beautiful mountain overlooking Algorfa can be seen for miles around. It’s known by several different names. Some call it ‘Elephant Mountain,’ to others it’s known as ‘Mount Escotera,’ and it’s also known simply as ‘Callosa,’ since that’s where the mountain is located, although it looks so much nearer. What do I call it? Like pretty much everyone for miles around who is fortunate enough to see it every day, I call it ‘My Mountain!’
It’s no surprise that something so beautiful should inspire writers, and I’ve written a few articles about the mountain myself. However, a good friend of mine, Carolynn Barclay, who live in Catral and walks her dogs in the shade of the mountain, has gone one better and written a poem about it.
Carolynn publishes her daily poems on the Facebook page My Life of Rhyme. She’s always been a poet, but during the Covid Lockdown in Spain in 2020, she pledged to writing and publishing a poem every day, processing her own thoughts and also writing comic poems to cheer everyone up. She liked it so much she just kept going, and now has over 1,000 poems under her belt, which she publishes daily on My Life of Rhyme. What does she write about? Pretty much anything and everything. She can be moved to verse by a meme or a throwaway comment, and the results are amusing, moving and thought-provoking, often all three in the same poem!
This poem – called simply ‘Callosa’ – is inspired by the changing moods of the mountain. You’ve probably noticed that at different times of the day, it can look beautiful, brooding, threatening, happy, majestic, stormy – you name it, the mountain shows it! Carolynn decided that a mountain with so many moods simply had to be female, as she explains here:
Callosa, by Carolynn Barclay