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Santa Marta: I Want To Die In Your Arms
Art And Poetry by Jim Nasium


A snow capped peak turns red with sunsets hues
the white beach below accepts the rising tide
wooden docks nearby smell of rotten fish
the narrow dirt streets are empty at last

I sat in my small hotel room
alone I waited out the night
strong white powder covered every thing
even the pain that brought me there

a small town near a mountain on the beach
up on the north coast of the land
that to this day still lies virgin
escaping the modern worlds lust

moving at a much slower pace
life as I knew it there could only be better
than what was left behind in the states
it was time for a change Santa Marta

in the evening music flowed from small cafes
packed with the other gringos
they never watched what I saw
why don't they take joy in nature

they turned to each other for pleasures
that could be bought and paid for
only leaving them wanting more
never getting enough to quench the thirst

watching the sun set made time stand still
am I the only one that knew the secret
Santa Marta remembers me well
and the days I have stayed there

at night fog rolls in and the streets are wet
reflections of lights seem deep
it's not real quiet but quiet enough
to allow yourself to get totally lost

wanting only to do just one more
time passed by quickly
shadows danced on the white adobe walls
I heard whispers from miles away

dawn always came too soon
the hotel room and I were a mess
trying to calm down and accept the day
a shower and fresh air was in order

a visit to open air markets and Indians
farmers bearing gifts they long to sell
traders working over time for naught
travelers willing to spend time and money

I was a younger man then Santa Marta
my pace quicker than it is today
the time spent was spent wisely but is gone
Santa Marta now I want to die in your arms

One of the many way cool things about Santa Marta is the fact you can sit on a beautiful Caribbean beach eating a mixed fruit bowl for breakfast in perfect summer weather and behind you is Sierra Navida de Santa Marta, a snow capped mountain. If you like you can take the 2.5 hour bus trip up to the mountain, and up there is a small ski lodge / party palace. You can go from summer weather in the morning, to winter weather in the afternoon, ski, party, then go back to summer weather in the evening, all in one day; it's nuts. Not to mention it is one part of the Golden triangle; an area of Colombia, that once upon a time, before the paraquat wars, was the one place to get the very best ever punta oro, and punta roja [red bud and gold bud] and... there's more but go find out for yourself, I've pasted a few links for you to check out below...

Santa Marta, Colombia Santa Marta is Colombia's first Spanish settlement. Located on the coast, it boasts great beaches and access to Tayrona and Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta ...
gosouthamerica.about.com/ cs/southamerica/p/ColSantaMarta.htm

Santa Marta, Colombia Things to do and see with accommodations, practical information and related resources for Santa Marta, Colombia's first Spanish settlement.
gosouthamerica.about.com/od/santamarta

Santa Marta Vacations & Tourism, Santa Marta Hotels, Santa Marta ... Search the Web for more info on Santa Marta, Colombia. Find a cheap airfare to Santa Marta, Colombia on Yahoo! FareChase. ...
travel.yahoo.com/ p-travelguide-482592-santa_marta_vacations-i

Playa Cristal - Neguanje - Parque Tayrona - Santa Marta - Colombia Ciudad de Santa Marta. Santa Marta City. Inicio Neguanje Playa Cristal Arrecífes Santa Marta Taganga Decamerón Galeón.
www.en-directo.net/santamarta/santamarta.html

Santa Marta, Magdalena, Colombia - [ Translate this page ] Santa Marta y sus alrededores: fotos del Parque Tayrona, la ciudad de Santa Marta, Taganga, Neguanje, Playa Cristal y Arrecifes.
www.en-directo.net/santamarta/

Sociedad Portuaria de Santa Marta - [ Translate this page ] Santa Marta - Colombia. Nit: 800.187.234-1. Centro de negocios Bogotá DC: Calle 94 No 15 - 32 Ofic 706. PBX (57)(+1)6215156 Fax: (57)(+1)6215080 ...
www.spsm.com.co/

Santa Marta, Colombia Forecast : Weather Underground Santa Marta, Colombia. Add to My Favorites. - RSS Add to My Portal · RSS · My Yahoo! NewsGator · My Feedster · Kinja · Bloglines ...
www.wunderground.com/global/stations/80009.html

Turismo en Santa Marta Colombia Hoteles Informacion Turistica ... - [ Translate this page ] COLOMBIA MAGDALENA SANTA MARTA COLOMBIA MAGDALENA SANTA MARTA ... Santa Marta Magdalena Colombia. Guia de turismo y viajes en Colombia. ...
www.turiscolombia.andes.com/santamarta.htm -

Santa Marta Colombia Photo Gallery by Hodero at pbase.com Hodero | profile | all galleries >> Santa Marta Colombia, tree view | thumbnails. Santa Marta Colombia. welkom.jpg welkom.jpg, panoMarta.jpg ...
www.pbase.com/hodero/santa__marta__colombia

Virtual Andean Tourist Routes - The greatest ! - Santa Marta ... Founded by Rodrigo de Bastidas in 1525, Santa Marta is the oldest city in Colombia. It treasures among its riches architectural relics preserved in its ...
www.comunidadandina.org/ INGLES/tourism/greatest/i_marta.htm

The Older Original Version

snow capped peak red with sunsets hues
the white beach below accepts the rising tide
wooden docks nearby smell of rotten fish
the narrow dirt streets are quiet at last
I sit in my small bamboo hotel room
alone again I wait out the night
the powder covers everything now
even the pain that brought me here

this town near the mountain on the beach
up on the north coast of the land
that to this day still lies virgin
escaping the modern worlds lust
moving at a much slower pace
life as I know it now can only be better
that what was left behind, for change

some times music flows from small cafes
that are packed with the other people here
they are not watching what I can see
why do they not take joy in nature
they turn to each other for pleasure
that can be bought and paid for
only leaving them wanting more
never getting enough to quench the thirst

doing what I do makes time stand still for me
after all I am the only one that knows
that this place remembers me well
and the days that have passed by
once when I was a younger man
my pace quicker than it is today
the time spent here was spent wisely
Santa Marta I will die in your arms

*Santa Marta is a nice sized town up on the North Coast of Colombia, S. A
The town is set right on the beach, where it is hot all day
and you can swim or lay out and get a tan, then if you want to
you can take a short bus ride up the mountain that sits right there
in back of the town, up to the top and go skiing...
on real snow any day, every day...
©2001 Jim Nasium

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