Originally published March 2, 2014, on Tumblr.
Love, how often I loved you without seeing-
without remembering you-
not recognizing your glance, not knowing you, a gentian
in the wrong place, scorching in the hot noon,
but I loved only the smell of the wheat.
Or maybe I saw you, imagined you lifting a wineglass
in Angol, by the light of the summer’s Moon;
or were you the waist of that guitar I strummed
in the shadows, the one that rang like an impetuous sea?
I loved you without knowing I did; I searched to remember you.
I broke into houses to steal your likeness,
though I already knew what you were like. And, suddenly,
when you were there with me I touched you, and my life
stopped: you stood before me, you took dominion like a queen:
like a wildfire in the forest, and the flame is your dominion.
Pablo Neruda, Love Sonnet 22
All Good Men by Beaver and Krause
Someone finally posted this song on YouTube – yay! Paul Beaver and Bernie Krause did all the strange electronic processing of instruments and Jim Morrison’s voice on the Door’s second, album, Strange Days. They produced the classic “Nonesuch Guide To Electronic Music” and released several experimental pop/rock albums in the sixties and seventies, mostly filled with beautiful weirdness like this song. I was looking at Barbara’s picture and the Neruda sonnet … and the song popped in my head. I don’t know why. I checked on Youtube again (it’s been a year or so since I last looked for it) and there it was.