Fever attracts the song of a bird androgynous
paving the way for insatiable pleasure
which branches and runs through the body of the earth.
Oh ! the unsuccessful sailing around islands
Where women offer the traveler
fraiche balance of their breasts
And heard terrifying deep in their hips !
The soft, smooth skin of the day
discards like the hull of an infamous fruit.
Fever attracts singing sumps
where the water carries trash.
With the poem appeared in Nightlife Elements of disaster, Editions Grasset, I begin this day of tribute to Alvaro Mutis, extraordinary storyteller, great writer, formidable ami.