Sunday, October 19, 2008

Among Orange Trees

News from The Times that they are going to dig up Garcia Lorca from the mass grave he was thrown in after being murdered by the fascists. A lot of people in Spain think this is an outrage (including some of Lorca's relatives) but they reinterred Yeats after he died in Paris so that his wishes could be followed and he would be buried "under Ben Bulben". (Or at least they think they did - more on that weird story here. ) Did Lorca want to be buried in a rubbish filled canyon? No, actually, he didn't:

When I die,
bury me with my guitar
beneath the sand

When I die,
among orange trees
and mint plants.

When I die,
bury me,
if you would, inside a weather vane.

When I die!