viernes, junio 25, 2010

miércoles, marzo 03, 2010

Ayúdame a mirar

De El libro de los abrazos, de Eduardo Galeano

La función del arte /1
 Diego no conocía la mar. El padre, Santiago Kovadloff,
lo llevó a descubrirla.
 Viajaron al sur.
 Ella, la mar, estaba mas allá de los altos médanos,
Cuando el niño y su padre alcanzaron por fin aquellas
dunas de arena, después de mucho caminar, la mar
estallo ante sus ojos. Y fue tanta la inmensidad de la
mar, y tanto su fulgor que el niño quedo mudo de hermosura.
 Y cuando por fin consiguió hablar, temblando, tartamudeando,
pidió a su padre;
- ¡Ayúdame a mirar!

Santiago de Chile

De El libro de los abrazos,Eduardo Galeano

Crónica de la ciudad de Santiago
Santiago de Chile muestra, como otras ciudades latinoamericanas,
una imagen resplandeciente. A menos de
un dólar por día, legiones de obreros le lustran la máscara.
En los barrios altos, se vive como en Miami, se vive en
Miami, se miamiza la vida, ropa de plástico, comida de
plástico, gente de plástico, mientras los vídeos y las
computadoras se convierten en las perfectas contrase-
ñas de la felicidad.
Pero cada vez son menos estos chilenos, y cada vez
son más los otros chilenos, los subchilenos: la economía
los maldice, la policía los corre y la cultura los niega.
Unos cuantos se hacen mendigos. Burlando las prohibiciones,
se las arreglan para asomar bajo el semáforo
rojo o en cualquier portal. Hay mendigos de todos los
tamaños y colores, enteros y mutilados, sinceros y simulados:
algunos en la desesperación total, caminando
a la orilla de la locura, y otros luciendo caras retorcidas
y manos tembleques por obra de mucho ensayo, profesionales
admirables, verdaderos artistas del buen pedir.
En plena dictadura militar, el mejor de los mendigos
chilenos era uno que conmovía diciendo:
— Soy civil.

sábado, septiembre 19, 2009

Ulysses. Alfred Tennyson

It little profits that an idle king,
By this still hearth, among these barren crags,
Match'd with an aged wife, I mete and dole
Unequal laws unto a savage race,
That hoard, and sleep, and feed, and know not me.

I cannot rest from travel: I will drink
Life to the lees: all times I have enjoyed
Greatly, have suffered greatly, both with those
That loved me, and alone; on shore, and when
Through scudding drifts the rainy Hyades
Vexed the dim sea: I am become a name;
For always roaming with a hungry heart
Much have I seen and known; cities of men
And manners, climates, councils, governments,
Myself not least, but honoured of them all;
And drunk delight of battle with my peers;
Far on the ringing plains of windy Troy.
I am a part of all that I have met;
Yet all experience is an arch wherethrough
Gleams that untravelled world, whose margin fades
For ever and for ever when I move.
How dull it is to pause, to make an end,
To rust unburnished, not to shine in use!
As though to breathe were life. Life piled on life
Were all too little, and of one to me
Little remains: but every hour is saved
From that eternal silence, something more,
A bringer of new things; and vile it were
For some three suns to store and hoard myself,
And this grey spirit yearning in desire
To follow knowledge like a sinking star,
Beyond the utmost bound of human thought.

This is my son, mine own Telemachus,
To whom I leave the sceptre and the isle —
Well-loved of me, discerning to fulfil
This labour, by slow prudence to make mild
A rugged people, and through soft degrees
Subdue them to the useful and the good.
Most blameless is he, centred in the sphere
Of common duties, decent not to fail
In offices of tenderness, and pay
Meet adoration to my household gods,
When I am gone. He works his work, I mine.

There lies the port; the vessel puffs her sail:
There gloom the dark broad seas. My mariners,
Souls that have toil'd, and wrought, and thought with me —
That ever with a frolic welcome took
The thunder and the sunshine, and opposed
Free hearts, free foreheads — you and I are old;
Old age hath yet his honour and his toil;
Death closes all: but something ere the end,
Some work of noble note, may yet be done,
Not unbecoming men that strove with Gods.
The lights begin to twinkle from the rocks:
The long day wanes: the slow moon climbs: the deep
Moans round with many voices. Come, my friends,
'Tis not too late to seek a newer world.
Push off, and sitting well in order smite
The sounding furrows; for my purpose holds
To sail beyond the sunset, and the baths
Of all the western stars, until I die.
It may be that the gulfs will wash us down:
It may be we shall touch the Happy Isles,
And see the great Achilles, whom we knew

Tho' much is taken, much abides; and though
We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven; that which we are, we are;
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.

[Tennyson's "Ulysses" first appeared in Morte D'Arthur, and Other Idyls. By Alfred Tennyson. London: Edward Moxon, Dover Street, MDCCCXLII. pp. 67. This, however, was a trial book, printed but not published. The first publication of the poem occurred in Poems by Alfred Tennyson. In Two Volumes. London: Edward Moxon, Dover Street. MDCCCXLII. pp. vii, 233; vii, 231. See "Chronology" in Henry Van Dyke's Studies in Tennyson (Port Washington, NY: Kennikat, 1920; rpt., 1966).

miércoles, agosto 19, 2009

Time present and time past...

(No. 1 of 'Four Quartets')

T.S. Eliot


Time present and time past
Are both perhaps present in time future,
And time future contained in time past.
If all time is eternally present
All time is unredeemable.
What might have been is an abstraction
Remaining a perpetual possibility
Only in a world of speculation.
What might have been and what has been
Point to one end, which is always present.
Footfalls echo in the memory
Down the passage which we did not take
Towards the door we never opened
Into the rose-garden. My words echo
Thus, in your mind.
But to what purpose
Disturbing the dust on a bowl of rose-leaves
I do not know.
Other echoes
Inhabit the garden. Shall we follow?
Quick, said the bird, find them, find them,
Round the corner. Through the first gate,
Into our first world, shall we follow
The deception of the thrush? Into our first world.
There they were, dignified, invisible,
Moving without pressure, over the dead leaves,
In the autumn heat, through the vibrant air,
And the bird called, in response to
The unheard music hidden in the shrubbery,
And the unseen eyebeam crossed, for the roses
Had the look of flowers that are looked at.
There they were as our guests, accepted and accepting.
So we moved, and they, in a formal pattern,
Along the empty alley, into the box circle,
To look down into the drained pool.
Dry the pool, dry concrete, brown edged,
And the pool was filled with water out of sunlight,
And the lotos rose, quietly, quietly,
The surface glittered out of heart of light,
And they were behind us, reflected in the pool.
Then a cloud passed, and the pool was empty.
Go, said the bird, for the leaves were full of children,
Hidden excitedly, containing laughter.
Go, go, go, said the bird: human kind
Cannot bear very much reality.
Time past and time future
What might have been and what has been
Point to one end, which is always present.

T.S. Eliot

lunes, julio 13, 2009

If....Rudyard Kipling

Por si lo habíamos olvidado.....


If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or, being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise;

If you can dream - and not make dreams your master;
If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with triumph and disaster
And treat those two imposters just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with wornout tools;

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on";

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings - nor lose the common touch;
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run -
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And - which is more - you'll be a Man my son!

martes, junio 30, 2009

Attaquons dans ses eaux la perfide Albion

domingo, mayo 31, 2009

Clarice Lispector

Clarice Lispector (1920-1977)

Silencio (fragmento)

" Se puede pensar rápidamente en el día que pasó. O en los amigos que pasaron y para siempre se perdieron, pero es inútil huir: el silencio está ahí. Aún el sufrimiento peor, el de la amistad perdida, es sólo fuga. Pues si al principio el silencio parece aguardar una respuesta -cómo ardemos por ser llamados a responder-, pronto se descubre que de ti nada exige, quizás tan sólo tu silencio. Cuántas horas se pierden en la oscuridad suponiendo que el silencio te juzga, como esperamos en vano ser juzgados por Dios. Surgen las justificaciones, trágicas justificaciones forzadas, humildes disculpas hasta la indignidad. Tan suave es para el ser humano mostrar al fin su indignidad y ser perdonado con la justificación de que es un ser humano humillado de nacimiento. Hasta que se descubre que él ni siquiera quiere su indignidad. Él es el silencio. "

Un soplo de vida (fragmento)

" Tengo miedo de escribir, es tan peligroso. Quien lo ha intentado, lo sabe. Peligro de revolver en lo oculto y el mundo no va a la deriva, está oculto en sus raíces sumergidas en las profundidades del mar. Para escribir tengo que colocarme en el vacío. "