ODE TO FEDERICO

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Federico Garcia Lorca

my sister is dead

and it’s five in the afternoon

red sun and blue moon

 

Federico Garcia Lorca

my sister is a slow song

to you at five in the afternoon

her breath caressing your ear

 

Federico Garcia Lorca

my sister still breathes

white fire at five in the afternoon

where you burn singing her moon to be

 

Federico Garcia Lorca

Por favor! Dance! don’t pray

for me at five in the afternoon

beat your drum for my skeletal sister

 

Federico Garcia Lorca

the gun barrel of time

will find you exalting death

alive at five in the afternoon

 

Federico Garcia Lorca

kiss her lips and climb

before five in the afternoon

the face of Cinderella Mountain

 

Federico Garcia Lorca

there will be no funeral

bells at five in the afternoon

sing my sister home to me

 

Federico Garcia Lorca

dance her cloud to the moon

white bone teeth and ash

at five in the afternoon

 

Federico Garcia Lorca

her stone heart will bloom

flood your black rose

red at five in the afternoon

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