Inscription Recto, in image: From the Life of Don Margarito / He was a serious man / But for one afternoon / Late in his life / With serious friends. / They adjourned to a bar / Away from the office / And its endless matters. / Something before dinner, / Something for the appetite / One of them had said, / And the three of them walked / In long sleeves / Into the Molino Rojo. / The café's twenty tables / Were pushed together / Almost entirely / Or pulled apart barely, / Giving not the tables / But the space between them / A dark and ragged shine / Amidst the white tablecloths. / The tables and the spaces they made / Looked like pieces of a child's / Puzzle almost done, / A continent breaking, something / From the beginning of time. / To get by them / Don Margarito had to walk / Sideways, and then sideways / Again, with arms outstretched / And up. / It was a good trick of the place / Conspiring with the music / To make the science / In this man's movement / Look like dance.
Recto, lower left quadrant, red ink stamp: [see worksheet]
Verso, lower right corner, in graphite: Alberto Rios [poet's signature?]
Verso, lower right corner: Segura chopmark
Provenance Collection of Susie and Scott Robertson, Scottsdale, AZ; Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL, 2003