Aboard a boat headed away from Majorca, I ate fiery, painful peppers from the market on Calle de San Sebastianbecause the vendor swore they would prevent mareo on the choppy voyage.
The women who sold crucifixes outside the old city winked at superstitions and told me not to worry, that wearing their crosses would keep away all evil spirits, as if one purchase would confer on me power, luck and safekeeping.
I took a lover on Ibixa either because he was clean-smelling or because I was bored or because he had a hotel room and there were none to be had on that eve of the Feast Day of the Madonna, but I don't recall which.
A woman in a Madrid café shouted that her father had beaten her into deafness because she had listened to an American blues record when she was fourteen.
The oyster shells we dug from the north end of Cumberland Island shed a pearly light on the tablecloth so beautiful that you put down your shucking knife and cried.
At Spirit Lake, the call of a nuthatch sounded like a small hinge opening and closing against the tree where it descended, head first.