He was inspired in some outer star,
His mind created from other spheres,
In absolute control, absolute wildness,
Fingers in such rapid Dionysian exactness
The Greeks would have been mesmerised.
For me, he is at the ultimate pinnacle
Of some unnamed beauty, which I love.
Flying into this night, Asunción
I love it here, peaceul, calm
Friendly, members of the universe,
The soul direct to the guitar.
O who might have a tragic destiny
Like a sad-eyed lady of the lowlands,
Like a gipsy boy, O so yes
The wanderer and the drifting dream
The Portuguese wanted Solís back,
A mistake they had made losing him to Spain:
“Era el más excelente hombre
De su tiempo en su arte.......”
As the USA lost Hendrix to England,
They did not see who he was at all.
Evidently Díaz de Solís was a strange
And difficult man, not unknown in prison.
Mysterious suspicions and accusations
Accompanied him throughout his life,
Across the border between Portugal and Spain
Especially. He was a mariner.
Strange, lost, exiled adventurers
With hearts filled with strange dreams,
Hopes of a silver mountain; maybe
To find Love somewhere
Hallucinogenic impulses and visions
Shining like crazy diamonds
Outside the ordinary, trying other
Mistresses of extraordinary juices
Fruits of foreign mountains, bays of hope
Or hunger, the dead cold plodding life
Abandoned, like a poor baby
In swaddling clothes outside a monastery,
Later to become an artist.
Death unfeared, or at least,
Put to uneasy sleep.
And then when you want another smoke
The ship turns because of a storm,
Pelting waves rain in fury
The ship creaks in agony
Out on the edge of a ship that seems
To be sinking, every captain knows tricks
For the moment of disaster or discovery
Held in a primitive part of the brain
Pushed to extreme, music floods
From the medulla, danger dances
To sublime tunes of invisible pipers
Serenading in the fiords,
Drinking depths of gulping hell
To which all know they will go.
At that intensity and pitch
The dense clouds crash
The ocean gulps into its stomach
Death crunches with bare teeth