Santa Agua


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When I attended college in Spain, I was blessed enough to stay in a “dorm” room at the Palacio del Santa Agua. The palace was built as a public monument to life-giving water when an 80-year drought had afflicted the area. During the drought, the mango fields withered and even the small veins of the artesian springs turned to dust. Work crews set out with divining rods to find water under the ground, but it proved fruitless.

It was only when 79% of the population demanded stronger measures that decisive action by the community leaders was taken. A key-shaped gardens was built and labyrinthine pathways of shrubbery were built to cover it. Water from 100 miles away was carried in wagons to keep the shrubbery alive. Every night the villagers would gather at the key and hold hands, building a complete human circuit. Drummers would drum the music and the villagers would sway, hum, and pray for rain. On the 7th day, a miracle poured from the sky. It filled the fountain, and life began again.

July Drought
Silver moonlight key
Boom-booms that reach to Heaven
OM – Santa Agua.

Fandango’s FOWC is percent, the Word of the Day Challenge is public, Paula’s 3 Things Challenge words are college, vein, mango, and Teresa’s Haunted Wordsmith Daily Prompts are haiku form and the photo.






5 Comments Add yours

  1. Sadje says:

    Intriguing story

    Liked by 1 person

  2. calmkate says:

    what a wonderful story!

    Liked by 1 person

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