Last Day of Federíco García Lorca


“The writer died while mixing with the rebels, these are natural
accidents of war . . .”
—Spanish Dictator Francisco Franco.

“The country has to toughen up … part of the problem …is nobody wants
to hurt each other anymore, right?”
— US president, Donald Trump

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Federico in pajamas and blazer died at night
wearing the sudden-death suit of a poet killed
because
there’s nothing more dangerous to despots
than an artist who tells the moment’s truth
because
there’s some force within that insists
accepting death for being one’s self
is life’s condition of being one’s self
because to speak is to be

This condition applies to all in all times
because
nothing ever changes the constitution of love
& witness under any sky or sun, though
the atmosphere of eras and places swings from
heaven to hell on a dime before the mass has time
to blink, and the intractable who paint Guernica
or write Canto Libre or Satanic Verses
(artists who dare) could well end with a bullet through a skull
because, to a despot,
silence is golden even if brief and desperate,
because despots know that painters and poets
and sculptors and dancers will always speak 
in momentary possession,
because they’ve found a straightway
to the brainsoul of human kind,
the place despots only enter
by means of fear & blood
which always mocks
the divine

Jim Culleny
3/7/19