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Táctica y Estrategia

August 11, 2007

Mi táctica es
aprender como sos
quererte como sos

mi táctica es
y escucharte
construir con palabras
un puente indestructible

mi táctica es
quedarme en tu recuerdo
no sé cómo ni sé
con qué pretexto
pero quedarme en vos

mi táctica es
ser franco
y saber que sos franca
y que no nos vendamos
para que entre los dos

no haya telón
ni abismos

mi estrategia es
en cambio
más profunda y más
mi estrategia es
que un día cualquiera
no sé cómo ni sé
con qué pretexto
por fin me necesites


Tactic and Strategy

My tactic is
to look at you
to learn how you are
to love you as you are

my tactic is
to talk to you
and to listen to you
to build with words
an indestructible bridge

my tactic is
to remain in your memories
I don’t know how
with what pretext
but to remain with you

my tactic is
to be frank
and to know that you’re frank
and not to sell to ourselves
so that between us
there is no curtain
nor abyss

my strategy is
in contrast
deeper and
more simple

my strategy is
that one of these days
I don’t know how
with what pretext
you finally
need me.

Mario Benedetti



Si tú me olvidas

May 19, 2007
Quiero que sepas
una cosa.

Tú sabes cómo es esto:
si miro
la luna de cristal, la rama roja
del lento otoño en mi ventana,
si toco
junto al fuego
la impalpable ceniza
o el arrugado cuerpo de la leña,
todo me lleva a ti,
como si todo lo que existe,
aromas, luz, metales,
fueran pequeños barcos que navegan
hacia las islas tuyas que me aguardan.

Ahora bien,
si poco a poco dejas de quererme
dejaré de quererte poco a poco.

Si de pronto
me olvidas
no me busques,
que ya te habré olvidado.

Si consideras largo y loco
el viento de banderas
que pasa por mi vida
y te decides
a dejarme a la orilla
del corazón en que tengo raíces,
que en ese día,
a esa hora
levantaré los brazos
y saldrán mis raíces
a buscar otra tierra.

si cada día,
cada hora
sientes que a mí estás destinada
con dulzura implacable.
Si cada día sube
una flor a tus labios a buscarme,
ay amor mío, ay mía,
en mí todo ese fuego se repite,
en mí nada se apaga ni se olvida,
mi amor se nutre de tu amor, amada,
y mientras vivas estará en tus brazos
sin salir de los míos.


May 4, 2007

Here are fragments of songs, poems and movies (even advice!) which have been reverberating in my head for the past few days. Just a disclaimer, there is no coherent theme binding them all together. For some inexplicable (or explicable hehe) reason they have just been tormenting me, creating a totally bizarre cornucopia of melodies, images and dialogue in my head. Oh, and some of them are just frighteningly sappy, and I apologize. My tastes can’t be discriminating all the time, and my mind apparently has a mind of its own…

1. Smashing Pumpkins’ Try, Try, Try (along with its hauntingly beautiful music video)

2. MJ telling Spidey We have to forgive each other or everything we ever were will mean nothing” (the trailer keeps playing on TV)

3. Neruda’s “Es tan corto el amor, y tan largo el olvido” from Puedo Escribir Los Versos Mas Triste Esta Noche

4. Go West’s King of Wishful Thinking (haha!)

5. Sylvia Plath’s Mad Girl’s Love Song

6. That Neil Gaiman quote which starts with “Have you ever been in love…

7. Rilke’s You Who Never Arrived

8. Karen Kunawicz’s Sound of One Heart Breaking

9. That awful theme song from Neighbours: “Neighbours should be there for one another…that’s when good neighbours become good friends…” (I’d really love to explain why, but I don’t want to jinx anything yet. All I can say is that it’s this little project that’s been making me and someone else so excited as of late. I think I’m gonna call it Operation N.H. hehe. Will divulge everything when the time is right.)

10. Charlie reminding me the other day that I once told her back in college that she will just laugh at *everything that happened* in the future (I’m nearing that stage now, Charlie…!)

11. K’s Choice’s Almost Happy

12. The plot of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind