The poem “Riddle of the Guitar” has an intriguing and classic title that conjures the blue image of Picasso’s “Old Man Playing Guitar”. But instead of a dark blue dirge, this ballad sets a scene that is somewhat Grecian with allusions to moonlit crossroads and the legendary Cyclops, Polyphemus. The poem describes six women dancing at crossroads. These women, 3 in flesh, 3 in sliver, represent the strings of the guitar and the fingers of the guitarist. The “dreams of yesterday” refer to the vibrations of the strumming, which are then captured by the “sound hole” (yes its actually called that) of the guitar. The “sound hole” is also described as “a Polyphemus of gold”, which means the singular golden eye of a mighty and mythical Cyclops. Garcia Lorca is one for finding beauty in unknown objects and making that beauty more evident by comparing them to surreal situations. Garcia Lorca was also particularly attached to music and sound, and desired to convey the wonder and even mystery of a musical instrument. All I know is that the next time I look at a guitar, I will probably think of the six ladies dancing freely along the wooden body.