Platero y Yo

It is nice of Google to remember the centenary of the publication of Platero y Yo with a Google-doodle today, even if it is a rather disneyfied donkey…


… or maybe a “My Little Pony” lookalike.  Yuk!   If you want to know more, I wrote about Juan Ramón Jiménez’s Platero y Yo four years ago on this blog.  No time to add more just now as I’m busy and it’s a working day!


About Gareth Thomas

After a mixed career as an aircraft technician, London fringe theatre playwright, Franciscan friar, and secondary school teacher, I find myself dividing my time mostly between looking after the needs of four donkeys in a remote location in the mountains in the Costa Blanca and preparing a legal case against the corrupt management of my monstrous last employer - the Elians group - for unfair dismissal. I like to hear the wind in the pine trees. I do not like struggling to get a duvet into a duvet cover. My musical tastes are extinct and I have mostly given up cycle racing.
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6 Responses to Platero y Yo

  1. Perhaps its mother had an affair with a llama.

  2. Frere Rabit says:

    Or even a daily llama… ?

  3. Luisa says:

    Merry Christmas, Rabbit.
    A nice poem for you (& good for your Spanish) about a Very Special Burrito:

    Si pudiera hablar mi lengua, si fuera tan orgulloso,
    yo que apenas un burrito, perdido en la milpa, solo…

    Hoy me han cargado una carga con un rosal y una rosa:
    nunca tuviera mi lomo menos peso y más aroma.

    Adelante iba José arreando yuntas de sombras,
    atrás ángeles-espejos anticipaban la aurora.

    Y arriba sobre mi espalda, luz de luz, rosa de rosa,
    Dios escondido en la Virgen, hostia dentro en su custodia.

    En la procesión nocturna mis patas eran las andas;
    candeleros los maizales y el palio las nubes blancas.

    Mi aliento era el incensario; mi hocico carbón en brasa.
    Soy su servidor el burro que anduvo nueve jornadas.

    Al filo de nieve y luna vengo pidiendo posada,
    ¿quién me renta una parcela para una Rosa en su Rama?

    Joaquín Antonio Peñalosa (“El burrito pide la posada”)

  4. Frere Rabit says:

    Thank you Luisa and a Happy Christmas to you. I’m just translating the poem!

  5. Liz - formerly RatBag says:

    Good to see that you and the donks are still going strong, Brother Rabit. Have a lovely Christmas holiday.

  6. Frere Rabit says:

    Thank you Liz. Broke up yesterday and having a few days break from donkey duties for the first time in 18 months! Away to Ibiza on Monday and handing over to donkey sitter. Have a good Christmas yourself. I see the Staffroom has closed now 😦 It had a good innings (twenty years?) but was eventually overtaken by other media.

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