JUAN OF THE ANGELS ILoIa Haskins Sits in the dark bar. The hotel no longer pays him for the songs his fingers make on the instrument which is the marriage of his hands. Instead they bring him coca or cidral. And when the bar's shadow spiUs outside and the stars come out, they bring him beer. leans more deeply on his cane, but plays on, talk or none. AU his Every day Juan stiU he comes. Guests buy him drinks. Sometimes they stop talking. Juan melodies are hungers. One evening a boy, perhaps fourteen, comes in. The boy says nothing, Ustens with his eyes. Juan cradles his guitar. The boy, who speaks no Spanish, thinks Juan is saying his name, so he says Django and points to his own thin chest. Juan offers Soy gitano, he says. Gypsy. him the guitar, with its mouth of mother of pearl, and the smaU moons along the frets. bends over. His dark hair falls The boy across his face. He makes the song young Juan would play for the women The women's skirts whirl around to dance. AU night, the same strum. the long fires. The stars are turning pale. The
The Missouri Review – University of Missouri
Published: Oct 5, 1993
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