Where is my home?
III Lisette Model: Blind Man with Guitar
(Born in Austria)
At the edge of the earth, at lilac dusk
the blind man I know by hearsay has
espied light at a part of the arabesque.
As ever he plucks strings, engrossed in tunes
even if there’re rowdies around him;
then making them serene, besotted with his
refrains, melancholic and exotic, slim
child-stumbling paced phrases, every music
he plays he could take as read as a hymn.
His ears opened to voices in any stich
alive to a wind calling, grown silence
pococurante to the public.
His eyes closed to secular affairs and balance,
clairvoyant to an infant’s senses and heart
competent to read the moonlight presence.
Among nocturnal murmurs, his skilled art
blooming in nifty riffs as When Day is Done
of Django Reinhardt in Paris, his fingers’ dart
lush-flinging winsome dissonances, one
suspended-chord to another, a spate
of passion, an abrupt break, then pun,
and fret. Tones gone soon with him like a busker, et
*** Django Reinhardt (1910 – 1953) — Belgian-born French musician of Romani heritage, famous for using only the index and middle fingers of his left hand and establishing his own jazz guitar technique.