Skillful striker of silex grandly flinging golden grain into the thick mane of the hippocampal night crazy diamond sower axbreaker like no tree in the forest Miguel Angel used to sit on the ground itself arranging a grigri in the knuckle bone of his words four white sun words four red ceiba words four coral snake words
Miguel Angel poured a glassful of astral tafia macerated nine months simmering in the nonexistent mugpiece of volcanoes and their obsidian trachea
in the depths of his eyes Miguel Angel observes seeds rising solemnly toward their arboreal contours
with his pen Miguel Angel caressed the great skull-cap of winds and the polar vortex
with green pine trees Miguel Angel ignited the blue-headed parrots of the night
Miguel Angel perfused a blood of milky stars of mottled veins of floral light over the grey imprint of the hour of the day of days of time of times
And then Miguel Angel unleased his severe musics a bow-like music a music of waves and calabashes a moaning river-music punctuated by the gunshots of sapucaia fruit And the quartz chisels began to strike the jade needles stirred the silex knives and the resinous trees
O Miguel Angel you glowworm wizard the shaman toppled entangled in his crazed arms with all his pendants of bewildered machines with the very sweet little laughter of the sea into the ticklish necks of coves and with the meticulous friendship of the Great Wind
When the arrows of Death reached Miguel Angel he was not seen lying down but rather unfolding his great height at the bottom of the lake which lit up
Miguel Angel immersed his human skin and donned his dolphin skin
Miguel Angel took off his dolphin skin and changed into a rainbow
Miguel Angel discarding his blue water skin donned his volcano skin
and settled, an ever green mountain on the horizon of all men.
- Aimé Césaire, translated by Clayton Eshleman and Annette Smith
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