The Olive Trees of Serpa

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Forum topic by KnickKnack posted 06-14-2012 06:22 PM 1599 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-14-2012 06:22 PM

Topic tags/keywords: portugal serpa olive poem

We are just returned from a small holiday south of where we live in Portugal.
One of the places we visited (for the third time) was Serpa
For me, one of the highlights of visiting this place is the ancient olive trees outside the city walls. Now that I have a half-decent camera, I thought I’d share a few of the pictures – although I don’t think they do the trees justice. One can only imagine the things these trees have “seen”.

In addition, they have a rather lovely small garden, and I was particularly struck by this poem, quite often seen in Portugal, written by Veiga Simões in 1914, at the entrance…

Roughly translated, this means…

To the Wayfarer

You that pass and raise your arm to me
before you hurt me, look at me well.
I am the heat of your home in the cold winter nights.
I am the friendly shade that you find
when walking under the august sun
And my fruits are appetizing freshness
That satisfy your thirst on the way.
I am the friendly beam of your house, the board of your table
the bed in which you rest and the wood of your boat.
I am handle of your hoe, the door of your home,
the wood of your cradle and of your own coffin.
I am the bread of goodness and the flower of beauty.
You that pass, look at me well and do no harm.

-- "Do not speak – unless it improves on silence." --- "Following the rules and protecting the regulations is binding oneself without rope."

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#1 posted 06-14-2012 06:48 PM

Beautiful Pictures. I can’t blame you for visiting more than once. And Glad for you that you have a better camera. Nice to see the pictures and a part of Portugal

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#2 posted 06-14-2012 06:59 PM


Are there any estimates of how OLD they are?
... they could be hundreds of years old… or more!

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#3 posted 06-14-2012 09:04 PM

The Alentejo has that charm. My father was born in Serpa with oaks and olive trees. Your photos are Beautiful!

-- António Guerreiro

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#4 posted 06-15-2012 01:43 AM

Nice pictures! Thanks for sharing!

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#5 posted 06-15-2012 03:43 AM

Wow: Isn’t there a lot of history in those trees.

Thanks for the photos.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#6 posted 06-15-2012 10:25 AM

I’ve never seen anything like it. They look like they’ve weathered the storms from when the world began. Thanks for sharing.

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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#7 posted 06-15-2012 12:23 PM

The verse is very touching. Reminds of the old poem …”I think that I shall never see, A poem as lovely as a tree …(etc., etc.)”

-- Ed "Real happiness is one that you share."

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