Suddenly they stop the Fandango.
Froze like poisoned hooks stuck in the ground
between the enemy’s camp. And yours.
One time they yelled, “Fascismo!”
Words: so useful and pleasant.
Not Ibiza, or Mallorca. No more.
The bars and the clubs like flies on a steel mesh tropical window.
And all the while
I’m looking for Spain. Post-Franco Spain.
Let me know when you see it.
Let me know if you find it.
Oh, Spanish Doll, currency inflation,
Sovereign debt, falling birth rate,
doesn’t get me up.
You are not so imperial now.
If I walk through a wooded path, lose my way,
not the dingy countryside of Europe, but Vermont, Virginia, Maine:
and come to a clearing, a perfect circle.
Would that be Spain?
To which I fly.
To buy cocaine.
Because it’s sensual. Political.
And they sleep during the day.
Do you know the way?
Haven’t slept since Inverness
Lapping and narcotic shores, ways to fall
Tor I hadn’t seen in a while
Next to our finger-dances, sublime--
I no longer recall.
Kindly I sprinkled water on you again
You slept like a child with belly fever
Brown-eyed moons shone in the reservoir
Anchored me to the sky--
Made of me a believer.
Maps smoothed out on my library table
Lost you with the invention of the steam engine
Riadh through to South Korea
Every port a new bed--
A dream each destination.