Evocations of Béla

Beyond the torn horizons of an older Buda

sketched of more élanesque courtyards,

his Memorial House stands in Csalán Road;

lugubrious sandstone to Melancholia.

Adorned to charm time, his staves sing

the Magyar Ballads to the ages, in the shade

of his Varga silhouette, carved to skylines.

A palace of precarious immigrants of loss.

Bartok rousing a lineage of ancestry, indigenous

to seed the tree of Ethnomusicology.

Keeper of Blue Beard’s Castle; a wooden prince

of origami political disillusions who composed

with the love of a gypsy king.

Meagre to an American exile; óla-Olesia.

February 16th, 2011