FLAMENCO CAFE CIRCA 1920, by Steve Barfield
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FLAMENCO CAFE CIRCA 1920, by Steve Barfield.

Welcome to an evening of lost souls.
Even with music, dance and poetry,
no cathedral bell
will count this hour.

Red and black are the colors of flamenco.
Red is the most recent
but black has always been.
While red has the heat and passion,
black tells the terrible truths.
This is not a fashion statement
but the difference between
hope and despair.

Flamenco is kissing the cobra dangerous.
In Granada
you must listen carefully
for the Civil Guard.
Songs comes from the part of the throat
where the sob is found.

Cicada castanets offer a rhythm
that is specific to the moment.
A Spanish guitar summons the colors.
No tambourine,
for it is an instrument for celebration
and flamenco needs complaint.

Hand clap is so that all
will know this rhythm.
It was carried by hand from the caves.
This dancing woman has a shawl
for the caves were cold.
These were the caves of sanctuary
of Gypsy history.
Black was found here.

Mixing red and black
gives you the color
of Gypsy blood.


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