Treasure Island

Guillermo Veloso

(September 25 1962 / New York City)


You left us
Lost in a world
Bereft of your magic
For an instant and now,
In an eternity you glowed
The light of a thousand Latin suns
Fell down upon us like stories of the old
And walked us through
Worlds of myths, ghosts, generals and
Unrepentant love.
Your ghosts did not haunt but
Walked with us hand in hand
Like our orishas and saints
Shadows in the dark and light
Now in this world where
Magic is dreamt and not seen
Now in this world where
Clouded eyes, TVCataract eyes
Are mystified by nothing
We are left your words dreams
And visions
Stories by candlelight
Families in the centuries
And generals in their dying rooms
Loves across the years that hide and seek
Lovers across the years that dart and miss
Love unrepentant, unbowed and unrelenting
It is for us to turn the pages and dream once more
It is for us to pull the thin eternal veil
From the centuries to come
And see what your eyes saw

Submitted: Saturday, April 19, 2014

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