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Michelangelo and me

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I enter my computer room and I see my books and writings with unintelligible notes thrown carelessly on my desk and everywhere. Unhappy I realize it is one of those days when my source of ideas is drier than Atacama desert. Write about what?

I know my text will happen. It is prisoner somewhere inside me. I wonder which path I will take to find it. With insane optmism, I look at the blanc computer screen, imagining that soon my text will be there and I pretentiously allow myself to make the comparison with Michelangelo. The great artist was always waiting to see something inside the marble block. That was how the famous David was born and also the amazing Moses to whom Michelangelo said: “Why don’t you speak Moses?” So, wasn’t it?

Well, after this disastrous comparison with Michelangelo, I already know that my marble block is more like boulders and there is no Moses to be born here today. Let me try other ways. I run my eyes over the books on the shelf, looking for something that inspires me. I read the great Carlos Drummond de Andrade. Wow! The writer in “In the search for poetry” tells me:

“Penetrate silently into the realm of words, there are poems that are waiting to be written”. (Carlos Drummond de Andrade)

Writing is a pleasure, but sometimes it is difficult for me , although everybody says I write as if I were speaking. It is a stone path where everything is built. However, when among the stones I harvest rare and beautiful flowers, the pleasure is infinitely greater, indescribable. The more difficult, the greater the pleasure when we see the piece constructed.

That’s all for today. I hope that Michelangelo, wherever he is will not be bothered by my pretensious comparison and that Carlos Drummond will inspire me to contemplate “the dumb words in a dictionary state”, provoking me at every moment and raising in me new and beautiful stories.


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