1. ...And the Hippies Found Me.
i arrived in cadiz last night around 23:30
what the fuck do i do?
i wander down one of the little streets, of course
always little streets
look for hostal signs hanging off windows
none to be seen
but a hippy sees me
asks me in spanish
how i am
what are you looking for?
i am staying at a hostal down the street
everything is pretty full
but we can probably work something out
a hippy house Hostal.
he brings me in
the boy working the desk speaks only spanish
yet it seems the hippy is talking with him fine
it is explained that i need a room
and is there one?
there is flipping through books:
there is room on the roof.
on the roof?
there are Hammocks and stuff
how much is that?
ok. let's do it.
he takes me upstairs
a beautiful night
"it probably won't rain"
and a bunch of hammocks strung up:
i can do this, no problem.
and the desk boy who only speaks spanish
asks me if i have any drugs
i always have drugs
one should always have drugs
even if you don't use them
it's good for making a connection
i learned this when i was 17 in england
everyone always asking me for a cigarette
so i would buy packs of them to give away to strangers who asked for them
- small conversations are worth the menial price
so i explode my bags
pull out my herbs
explode my herb bag
and start rolling a joint with some of the hash i bought for Joshua in Amsterdam
mix it with catnip from the bronx school garden
mugwort, mullen, bear berry, damiana
roll it in my fancy linen papers
and as i'm preparing this and doing it
the hippies congregate to the roof
no one told them
but a joint has a gravity to it, you know?
especially for those astral bodies
by the time the joint is ready to smoke
6 more kids on the roof
the australian one, Pete, rolled the filter for me
the joint goes around
and everyone comments on how good it is
and after the smoke
every is very happy with the effects
Mike is from texas
he says something
i ask him to sing a song
he defers to
who is from the czech republic
by this time a friend has joined her
and they sing two songs in czech
then he sings a song with the guitar that Seth brought up
about where he grew up in texas
the brazzos or something... lots of quicksand
then he fiddles around with the guitar
i ask him if he knows any dylan songs
if he knows Boots of Spanish Leather
which he doesn't
i sing for them acappella
they like it
so i sing
the pyramid song to them too
and that's nice
and he starts playing "road" by Nick Drake
and all is well
as the joint's perfume clears the air
the hippies disperse
and the Semana Santa procession approaches
you can't see it from this roof
so i jump over the roof to the next roof
no one follows me
this tiny street
is packed with hooded acolytes
and a huge float of the Last Supper
they've crashed for a moment
the men who are carrying it are all sitting down at the base of it
the band is playing
the drums bounce around everything
i'm fucking exhausted
the desk boy tells me
two people have a reservation
but haven't showed up yet
so i can have a bed if i want one
i'll take that
we go down stairs to check the books
then walk out onto the street to watch the procession
the men have lifted the float again
and it sways
almost as big as the street
it almost hits the walls
i think they're swaying it on purpose
it's got less than a foot between it and the buildings
but it sways
and they process
up up and away...
he shows me where the bed is
so i leave my big bag on the roof
but take my lap top and smaller bag into the room
then i go back to the roof
and lay in a hammock
then i remember i'm hungry
i fucking forgot to eat dinner again...
so i eat a greens+ bar (thanks mom)
and drink water
and stare at the moon
i need sleep
i look at my phone to turn it off
no wonder i'm tired
and the procession has moved down the street now
so the thump of the drum is a gentler pulse
i can sleep now.
the bed has about the same curve as the hammock
but it'll do just fine, thanks
i sleep til noon
i really needed that.
i go down stairs
and there's a new group of hippies
not the same ones i knew last night
i ask where to buy fruit
and am told
by an american girl, Hallie
she's showing around some new guests, giving them the low down
so i go out walking
per her directions
which i do wrong at first
then find the plaza
supermarket, butcher, fruit vender
get four oranges and four bananas.
less than a euro.
to the supermarket
a bottle of water and a bark of dark chocolate with almonds
walk around a little
see the square
i look forward to walking around.
but i go back
Hallie asks me if i am staying tonight
no no, i'm staying with a friend...
but Luis hasn't called me or answered my message yet
are you sure?
we only have one bed left...
yes, i'm sure
i tell her
and in a few minutes
it's taken by some people who come in off the street.
then Luis calls
and it's much more difficult communicating with him on the phone
he knows NO english at all.
through the staggering of language
i realize he does not live in Cadiz
he lives in Jerez
with the accent down here
sounds almost identical to my foreign ear.
it's only about a half hour away
and he works until 11 tonight
and i don't understand
i just don't get it
whatever he says after that
we agree to stop talking on the phone
a little part of me is worried
but the main part of me knows everything's fine:
i just have to get to Jerez tonight
i go up to the roof to eat my fruit.
there are german boys who have just arrived
frankfurt. hamburg. and a sleepy belgian girl
i offer them fruit
i eat three of the oranges
they want none of that
but the girl and the hamburg
we talk about america
and places to travel in the world
reasons for traveling...
the girl is kinda scared of America
everything she hears sounds insane
and it´s constantly validated
how can people live like that?
and in the immortal words of Morrissey
" i can´t answer "
i go out into the sun
take off my shirt
and start brushing my hair
every once in a while
my hair gets too tangled
maybe it just needs some straightening out now
and everything will feel better...
the sun feels good
but it is noon now
i don´t want to go to the beach now...
i pack my stuff up
and take it down in two shifts
being gentle on my stuff
put my big back in the hollow under the public computer
and then set up my lap top on the table to write for a while
the dog is barking at me
it always makes me feel bad when dogs bark at me
makes me feel like an intruder
this poor dog
he barks at everyone
some insecure dog
living in a hippy house
a million smelly people coming in and out all the time
poor little bugger
last night he barked his head off and Pete kept kicking him
at one point
had to hit the little fuck
coz he bit me when i was walking to the kitchen
i turned around and hit his nose with my water bottle
"don´t fucking bite me"
he growled.. his teeth large
"listen mother fucker: NO"
i smacked him again
he gnashed his teeth
what the fuck ever
i went up stairs
but now i want to write...
a bright orange-haired girl grabs him
and has a talk with him
i can tell
i try not to watch
give the dog it´s space
(the dog is named Ché)
whatever she tells him works
he´s still scared of me
but he´s no longer barking and growling
so i as i start to write
and get distracted by trying to find the nude beach
(coz the beach the hippies are going to isn't nude)
the girl starts playing Amélie
on her acrodian...
fills the room.
she comes over to talk with me
and i tell her i have the sound track on my ipod
she only learned how to play that from hearing it watching the movie
soi tell her i will burn her a CD
and suddenly i have all these cabels and shit all over the table and discs
and we´re going through my music collection
and i´m networking the computers
and giving them the sound track
and taking a louden wainwright album
and it´s hours later.
i get a call from a guy i talked with on line
no english, of course
he says he´ll pick me up and take me to the beach
so i burn the disc
pack my stuff
meet him in the street shortly after 4.
2. Lying in the Sun
Donato drives a Mercedes
i am shocked to see such a big shiny car
in such an old tight street
driving on cobble stones!
he flashes his lights
and i get in
he tries to explain things to me
we´re communicating enough
i feel confused:
he´s not even going to the beach with me
he can´t stay
he has a... dentist appointment?
but he´ll take me there
and it´s farther than i imagined
he drives me out
and we leave the town behind...
Cadiz is kinda like a small P-town
not in it´s gay ness
but the fact that it´s on a peninsula
all the way at the end
a big bay enclosed
a little wider than ptown..
more like san francisco
but not as big or hilly
what to say?
it´s one of those end-of-the-world places.
so now we're driving down the arm
and it´s apparent.
he pulls over in one of those dirt alcoves
i realize i am wearing my boots instead of my sandals, oh well
all i´ve got is my pants and shirt
bottle of water and mobile phone
down to one bar.
he walks with me through the dunes
explaining to me that it´s not a nude beach
you can be nude in the dunes
but not to the water
... unless no one is around.
after that gypsy camp up there
there are penty of men
now and even more later
people are here all night
so this isn´t a swimming beach
not a social beach
just a fucking beach
he says he doesn´t come here
except in october
... i don´t really understand why
i see a large guy in a blue shirt
and point him out
"ah, te gusta gordos?"
and tells me he was fat two years ago
takes out his driver's liscence and shows me his fat face
he pulls out his cigarettes and asks me if i want one?
telling me i don´t want one
and says he´ll go
walk back to his car
so i walk up to the fat boy in the blue shirt and pants
he´s very shy
i don´t understand what his deal is
he says he´s leaving
are you sure you don´t want to play?
have to go
so i start walking futher in
and he follows..
i don´t get it
but i don´t need to
i see another man
not as fat
but a nice round belly
much older than the boy
nice brown beard with grey streaks
pretty immediately we hug and walk back to his bike
he pulls out his towel
and we lay down together
then we just wrap around eachother
we nap for over an hour
while laying there
i think of the PJ Harvey song
" i´m lying in the sun
i´m lying with my love..."
he´s not really my love
but i´ve never lay with a lover in the sun before..
i romanticise this for a while
now nice it is to feel his body blocking the sun
and the heat on the parts that it´s not
we´re tangled together
on a single towel.
then i begin to remember Jerry in Oregon
all the nude beaches we went to..
but maybe it was hotter?
here there is a strong cool wind blowing...
we´re in a hollow now
but it pulls the heat away
but not too hot
with Jerry it was always too hot to be curled up like this
lying in the sun
it´s not like england
where lying in the sun probably wouldn´t make you hot anyway..
and what about Leo
i remember once lying in the sun with him california
it was when i told him he was not allowed to touch my lips
cock or asshole
until he had kissed the entirety of the rest of my body
this went on for three days
on that third day
we were lying in the sun together
out in the yard
Leo´s skin is like milk
not as soft as milk
more like a plucked chicken from a supermarket
very white and rough
so i told him he needed some sun
i was trying to teach him about how good the sun can be for skin
to clear up the fungus in the nether reigons
to nourish the body is so many ways
so we lay with our butts up in the air
we lay on our backs
we weren´t cuddling
it was too hot
we were laying in the sun together
until he started kissing my whole body all over
then i was his again..
but this guy
this guy here
on la Playa el Chato in Cadiz
i don´t know him
his name is Monolo
but he´s not a Lover
he´s not My Love
he´s just a guy
this is nice
in some random context
the sea is blue here
the sea is so blue
a bright turquoise looking blue
it´s very nice
i´d like to swim in it
but i´m afraid of the cold air
i´m afraid of people yelling at me for running naked to the water..
i lay with the guy
he´s very nice
we play again
we nap again
this is very nice
but i jump up now
and run to the water
it´s late enough
i jump in the water
it´s not that cold, really
not as clear as i expected it to be...
but not that cold
i wash myself off
then go back
lay down again..
we wake again
we play again
with people watching
the sun is gone from our hollow
we move the towel
i get a text message from a number i don´t know
asking me when i will be free in Jerez tonight
who is this?
when will i be free in Jerez tonight?
who is this and how did he know i´d be in Jerez tonight?
i´m on the beach now
i will head there as soon as i can
another man approaches
it´s clear what he wants
but something better
he explains that he lives in Jerez
and has his car with him
he will be happy to take me back to Cadiz to get my bags
then take me to Jerez
so Monolo, the nice guy i have spent the day with
he doesn´t use the internet
we say good bye
and i go walking off with this new guy
he takes me to the bushes
which are nice
but are surronded with stinging nettles
one bites my butt while i´m sucking him off
stinging nettles are silly
i wish i could make tea out of them
we go to his car
and head off
he drives the long way into Cadiz
going around the peninsula
the sun is settling
everying is magical
everything is beautiful
there is a man sitting on a bench
with a thick mustache
he follows me with his face as we past
"dominic, we could be lovers. you should be here with me"
--- sorry dear, i´m on a path to somewhere else right now
"ok, i will always love you"
i will always love you too..
back to the Hostal
i grab my bags
say good bye!
and head on the road to Jerez as the
and the gloaming consumes the day
leaving us with night as we arrive in Jerez
he pulls into a large dirt parking lot outside of town
telling me they´ve closed off the centre to cars because of the holy week
does he want something more?
i don´t know
he gave me a pen
to write down my number so he could call me tomorrow
then told me i could keep the pen
gave me another of another colour
which is good
i just lost my pen
3. humans have troubles with nature
while lying in the sun with manolo
one of the times i had my nose buried in his crotch
i saw a crab.
i did my treatments when i first arrived
for a week
then i stopped
i´ve been itchy
but finding nothing
was it two days ago?
i found one
sitting on my pubic bush.
from old age? what?
could i have picked that up from the sauna?
seeing this one in his crotch
i assume i gave it to him
laying in the sand with him after
i notice all the grass
plants of all sorts
are covered with snails
sucking the juices out
like lice in hair: it´s just part of nature
there is a sleeping moth
or maybe he´s munching on the dead grass
come the moon light
he will be flying around
nature is always full of insects
humans are removed from nature
i´m always striving to be closer to nature
is that why i constantly have crabs..
or is it just my exposure ?
i think about this drifting in and out of sleep
reminding myself to start rubbing the oils on my body again...
i walk where Paco points
from the dirt lot
under the bridge
through the traffic circle..
i walk past the eucalyptus trees
where am i?
where am i going?
i don´t know.
i don´t have a map
i don´t know this city at all
why did he just have to let me go like that
the bag is heavy
and i´m really fucking hungry
i dig through my bag as i walk looking for a food bar
no no no
pull out my glasses to better look for restaurantes
and find the chocolate with almonds
and i eat a lot of it.
then i eat the ginger candy
then i feel better
and i walk
and walk and walk
seeing signs for the center
i feel better
but there is only one family in there
and a few old folks at the bar
they look at me like i´m a freak
the next place i come to is a bigger restaurant
two of the staff are smoking outside
i ask them if they are open
can i come in with my big bags
so i go in
it´s very fancy
i put my stuff i the corner
and take a table
the only people in here are speaking english (british)
i look at the menu
everything is €20
this is a tourist theme restaurant
it´s all about matadores..
i am thankful for the rest
grab my bags
shoulder them again
and begin my procession
the restaurant is right next to the bull ring, of course..
i head up
find a computer store
the window has a shelf
i put mystuff down
eat some more chocolate
and message Luis to see if he would like to eat with me after work
that´s late for you eat
my phone says the battery is almost dead
so i tell him that
eating with a friend is always better
i've eaten here already
so i tell him where i am
and move in front of the supermarket
under the light
easy for him to find me.
i sit and i write.
as i write
large groups of people pass
tourists and families
the processions must be over
this town is very commodified
all the kids have little drums
the beat along
until they see me
then their faces lock on me and freeze
as they wander past
one actually runs over to watch me
gets really close
like i´m an exotic animal
i laugh along
pull their kids away
i decide i have written enough for now
so go across the street and ask the restaurant if they are still serving dinner
so i take an outside table
put my bags down
and message Luis to tell him where i´m eating
i wrote it incorrectly
so i try and tell him again in another message
but my phone dies
he got the first, though
i´m on Calle San Domingo (my own name!)
we´ll be fine.
i order Lamb
Leo, i am eating Cordero without you.
i drink my beer
i cover the patatas frites in garlic olive oil
so hungry for salt
i eat my fites
i eat my little lamb shanks
munch on the bones
rip them apart with my teeth and fingers
the families walking by
even the parents staring now
a car pulls up
is that Luis?
something looks different
he says something
i am not certain
but i think he says he´s going to park and come back
i finish eating
and it´s been 15 minutes
where is he?
he shows up eventually
he's shaved off his beautiful fluffy white beard.
and to him it´s apparent
i can´t say it properly
but he can tell i´m astonished
he´s still cute
and i´m sure his body is just as beautiful
but now he looks kinda round and doughy
where as before
he just looked the cutest cutest...
he grabs one of my bags
and leads me through the city
and i can´t stop it
i keep asking him
he says he just needed a change
he shaved it off this morning..
it´s like Leo constantly trimming his beard right before we meet
my catholic roots are showing
and i feel like i´m being punished from getting what i enjoy
every ideal situation pales quickly.
when we get to the house he keeps saying
no no, i try and convince him
but i´m not sure what he´s trying to say
he pulls out a dictionary
and it translates as
"to crumble, to fall apart"
i´m not completely shattered
i am pretty fucking sad though
maybe i am
i feel bad...
i feel bad that he can tell i feel bad.
it´s just surface
i tell him
what he needs is most important
he´s still a sweet guy
and we don´t know eachother at all
i just love beards
look at me..
he tells me his a friend of his knew i was at the beach today and expected me in town for sex
i have no idea who he´s talking about
so we go on his computer
and he opens his bear profiles to show me
and he has a profile
but his pictures aren´t very hot
he doens´t look sexy in his pix
but he´s so sexy in person..
on his profile
he says he´s versatile, but mostly a bottom
says he likes hard sex: duro..
we find him
it´s some guy i had talked with on line
who said he was in cadiz
but is actually here in Jerez
oh, it was that guy texting me on the beach
i´m glad to be here
we both take showers
get in bed
and start playing
so i try and give it to him hard
he needs me to lighten up
and when we´ve both cum
i go to toss out the condom
and it´s all bloody
no more bottoming for him for a few days
and while lying in bed
i realize that
oh yes, indeed i was
but that´s a good thing, right
don´t want to live in illusions
wish i´d fucking wake up...
we fall asleep.