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Sephardic ju-ju and verses. Voodoo mojo, precise Forces. Henry shaped a bunch named Professor Longhair and his Shuffling Hungarians. After rather a lot renunciation And invention, is that this similar to the promised finish? All tune haunted through the entire track of the lifeless perpetually. Becky haunted ceaselessly by way of Pearl the daughter she deserted for romance, O test my tra-la-la, ma los angeles belle, mah walla-woe. VENI, writer SPIRITUS Blessed is He who got here to Earth as a Bull And ravished our virgin mom and ran together with her Astride his again around the plains and mountains Of the complete global. And whilst He got here to Ocean, He swam throughout with our mom on his again. And in His wake the peoples of the realm Sailed trafficking in salt, oil, slaves and opal. Hallowed be His identify, who blesses the international locations: From the center nation, gunpowder and Confucius. From Europe, Dante and the center Passage. Shiva is His lieutenant, and via His commandment Odysseus introduced the palm tree to California, Tea to the Britons, opium to the Cantonese. Horses, tobacco, tomatoes and gonorrhea Coursed through His will among outdated Worlds and New. within the outdated industry the place youngsters as soon as have been offered, Pirated tune and flicks in each tongue, Defying borders as Algebra trans-migrated From Babylon to Egypt. At His beck Empire gathers, diffuses, and in time disperses Into the smoky Romance of its identify. And after the nice defeat in Sicily while hundreds of thousands of Athenians have been butchered Down within the bad quarries, and lots of have been certain And branded at the face with a horse’s head, which means this guy is a slave, a couple of have been spared simply because they can recite new choruses via the tragedian Euripides, whose works And status had reached to Sicily—as willed by way of the Holy person who loves blood sacrifice And burnt choices, trade and the humanities. KEYBOARD A disembodied piano. The headphones let the one that touches the keys a solitude inside of his song; shout and he would possibly not flip: photo of the soul that thinks to show from the area. Serpent-scaled Apollo skins the naive musician Alive: then Marsyas used to be delicate adequate To suppose the entire international in a slightly. In Africa The raiders with machetes to chop off arms could make the sufferer decide on, “long sleeve or brief. ” Shahid Ali says it occurred to Kashmiri weavers, To kill the artwork. There are just such a lot of tales. The Loss. the selected. or even sooner than the adventure, The Turning: the fruit from any tree, the door To any chamber, yet this one—and the grasping soul, Blade of the lathe. The purple military smashed pianos, yet when they stuck an SS guy who may perhaps play. They sat him on the piano and pulled their palms throughout their throats to give an explanation for that they might kill him while he stopped taking part in, and so for 16 hours They drank and raped whereas the Nazi fingered the keys. the good track of the area. whilst he collapsed Sobbing on the tool they stroked his head And blew his brains out. Cold-blooded Orpheus turns back to his keyboard to improvise a plaint: Her little cries of enjoyment, blah-blah, where at the back of her ear, lilacs in rain, a sus-chord, A word like a moonlit moth in tentative flight, O misplaced Eurydice, blah-blah.