Academic journal article Pennsylvania Literary Journal

OH, THE WIND: After George Sand, Winter in Mallorca

Academic journal article Pennsylvania Literary Journal

OH, THE WIND: After George Sand, Winter in Mallorca

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They were cruel to you like never before

In love with bleeding saints that pray from empty eyes

Not like you live with glowing iridescent skin

A mouth of unsorted and burning daggers to bury

The cruelest damp in all your life, lacking nuts or bolts

Not a single piano in all that simmering landscape

Island spit from the scientific motions of the earth

No god rose a tender hand to brush a sinner's face

Air that singed your hair and left a draft of putrid breath

Coiled and burrowing tightly in Chopin's sad throat

Natives with the cheek to swear a great man dead to his face

You sought a taste of Elysium but Eden is the same as hell

It left you estranged and mangled by your own intentions

And you never forgive

and you rarely forget

Oh, the wind

The atrocious mask of hatred that found your cold cell

High in the burrow with the ghosts of monks who were

The first to swoon an angelic sigh for Frederic's preludes

Cruel and disappointing autochthons refusing in echo

They misunderstood your whorish buttoned trousers

Just as you misunderstood and pissed on their walls

In the end everyone will protect that which they love

Your ailing men affronted by every sort of violence

Frail boy Maurice begged portraits from the peasants

Lines quaintly garbed with a delicate and shaking hand

He just wanted a warmth in which to learn or be taught

To rediscover your original languages as a work of art

With you in your dressing gown until well after noon

In a dream, an adventurous health and unexpected treasure

Sheltered by the walls of the convent from the endless heat,

but not from the wind

[Author Affiliation]

Alexis Wolf is a writer, traveler and student of literature. …

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