Ballad of the Black GriefGarcia LorcaThe little picks of the roostersare chipping holes for the dawn.Down the dark of the mountaincomes Soledad Montoya.Saffron copper her fleshwith a smell of the woods and horses.Anvil and smoke, her breasts,heaving their rounded songs."Soledad, you're looking for whatat a time like this, alone here?""Looking for never you mind!What's it to you, my business? I'm looking for just one thing:to find myself. To be happy.""Soledad my exasperation!a horse that seizes the bit willcome at last to the seashore,founder out in the surf.""Never you mind about seashore!Bitter grief comes welling,back in lands of the olive,under a whisper of leaves.""Soledad, what grief you're suffering!grief that I feel for, deeply.Bitter as lemon, your tears,bitter as waiting lips.""Awful to bear! I runthrough my house like a girl possessed,tresses trailing the floor,kitchen to bedroom and back.Awful. I'm turning fast- skirt, flesh - to a thing of jet.Too bad for my pretty slips!Too bad for my thighs' silk poppy!""Soledad, go bathe your limbsin pools of dew with the skylark.Leave it in peace, your heart,in peace, Soledad Montoya!"Below there's a river singingin eddies of heaven and leaves.A new day dawns to be crowned withblossoms of pumpkin and squash.O grief of the gypsy heart!grief pure and forever lonely.Grief from a source unknown, itshour of dawn remote.
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