Magazine article Americas (English Edition)

Reasons for Dying

Magazine article Americas (English Edition)

Reasons for Dying

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Some spoke of our land. But I thought of a poor earth, people of dust and light, a street and a wall and a silent man up against the wall. And those stones in the clear upland sun and light standing naked in the river ... forgotten things that feed my memory, irrelevant things, not summoned up, dreams of a dream, those sudden presences with which time tells us that we have no being, that time is the one who remembers and who dreams. There is no country, there is earth and its images, dust and light living in time ...

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Others spoke to me of glory. Last? Does the flower last? its fresh flame is lost if a wind even breathes on your hand: the flower longs to dance, only to dance. Does the tree last, and do its leaves -- raiment which in die wind is made of whispers and in the sun is made of mirrors? This sky, this infinite in repose, is it like yesterday's, are clouds made of stone? There is no lasting: eternal being, lips on other lips, light at the crest of the wave, live, breath which is finally made fresh and is a plenitude that overflows. …

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