lunes, enero 12, 2004


Es un libro llamado The Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart, con un subtítulo interesante : Poemas para Hombres.

Editado por Robert Bly, James Hillman y Michael Meade, el libro trae varios capítulos, con temas específicos como la paternidad, la guerra, la relación familiar, la relación de pareja, el hombre ingenuo, etc...

Lo compre según dice el mismo libro, en unalibreía de viejo en San Diego, posiblemente en el centro o por la calle Addams, a 9 dólares.

Obviamente según el tema es la selección de poemas. Este poema está en el capítulo dos, llamado Fathers Prayers for Sons and Daughters

A Story Li-Young Lee

Sad is the man who is asked for a story
and can't come up with one.
His five-year-old son waits in his lap
Not the same story, Baba. A new one.
The man rubs his chin, scratches his ear.
In a room full of books in a world
of stories, he can recall
not one, and soon, he thinks, the boy
will give up on his father.
Already the man lives far ahead, he sees
the day this boy will go. Don't Go!
Hear the alligator story! The angel story once more!
You love the spider story. You laugh at the spider.
Let me tell it!
But the boy is packing his shirts,
he is looking for his keys. Are you a god,
the man screams, that I sit mute before you?
Am I a god that I should never dissapoint?

But the boy is here. Please, Baba, a story?
It is an emotional rather than logical equation,
an earthly rather than heavenly one,
which posits that a boy's supplications
and a father's love add up to silence.

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