This Tanka is for Colleen Chesebro’s challenge.  This week we are using synonyms of ‘bewitch’ and ‘treasure’.

Picture taken in the Hall of the Hotel Real in Segovia, Spain.

Seduced by a Star

Seduced by Cary

Even playing the villain

My favourite star

Spellbound by his wit and charm

Perfect English gentleman


Cary Grant, Sophia Loren and Frank Sinatra, among others, stayed at the Hotel Real in Segovia, Spain, in 1956, while filming The Pride and the Passion (1957).

Cary, who was married at the time to Betsy Drake, fell in love, or lust, with Sophia during the filming, but she was in love with Carlo Ponti, whom she married shortly after.

Rumour has it that Cary continued to pursue Sophia during subsequent films in which they co-starred, but Sophia is said to have rejected him every time.  


View from the rooftop, Hotel Real in Segovia

I didn’t know about any of this when I arrived at the hotel, I hadn’t even planned to stay in Segovia. It was a last minute decision on my way home to Cordoba. I was naturally thrilled to find so much memorabilia in the hotel and to imagine that these two actors walked along the hall, perhaps up the stairs, and looked out over the roof top terrace to see the very same view of the city I saw a few days ago. 

Rooftop, solarium at Hotel Real, Segovia.

I’m aware thar Archie Leach was far from a perfect gentleman, but Cary Grant will always be my favourite actor, because I’ll never tire of watching Charade, North by Northwest, My Cousin Rachel, Notorious, To Catch a Thief... all unforgettable. 

Charade movieposter.jpg

 By the way, Segovia is a magical city and I’ll be posting more pictures of my visit tomorrow on ‘Sunday Walks’.


Would you like to take part? The rules are simple.

Use synonyms of Colleen’s two-word prompt, this week, joy and fury, write blog post using one of the following poetic forms: haiku, tanka, Haibun, cinquaine or senryu. 

Add a picture if you like. Pingback to Colleen’s blog post.



Published by LucciaGray

Writer, blogger, teacher, reader and lover of words wherever they are. Author of The Eyre Hall Trilogy, the breathtaking sequel to Jane Eyre. Luccia lives in sunny Spain, but her heart's in Victorian London.

17 thoughts on “#TANKA TUESDAY #POETRY CHALLENGE ‘Seduced by a Star’

  1. OMG I love Carey Grant! He was all the things you said. I haven’t seen all his movies, but I loved North by Northwest, Notorious and To Catch a Thief! How fun that you were in the same hotel as these greats!

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  2. Not too long ago I saw an interview produced by Sophia’s son where she confessed to having loved Cary very much. But leaving her family back home wouldn’t have worked for her. Plus, I guess the fact that he was married had lots to do with that too. I didn’t know that part. I am a fan of both of them. Love, love their work. Love your tanka😊


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    1. Really? I had no idea. I was under the impression he pursued and she wasn’t interested, but what you say makes sense. A married man on his third marriage, she’d have been his fourth, didn’t offer her much security. I’ll look up that interview. Thanks for letting me know!


  3. What fabulous poetry, besides the tour and the fun information about Cary Grant! I do love a good romantic movie and these older stories touch my heart every time. I really enjoyed your photos of Sergovia. I wish I could travel and write all over the world. ❤

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