The Mule of Guernica
by Catfish McDaris

In Madrid, the portrait
he drew, emaciated
cheeks, hollow eyes

A young gypsy
boy on a mule

The faraway invisible
miracle of dawn
on the mountain.

SOURCE: “The Mule of Guernica” by Catfish McDaris is based on page 41 of Picasso Creator and Destroyer by Arianna Stassinopoulos Huffington (Simon & Schuster, 1988).

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Catfish McDaris has been published widely. In The Louisiana Review, George Mason Univ.Press, New Coin from Rhodes Univ. in South Africa, and several Silver Birch Press anthologies. He was contributing editor of Latino Stuff Review from Little Havana for 10 years. His 25 years of published material is in the Special Archives Collection at Marquette Univ. in Milwaukee.