CONTEMPLACION VS. ACTO / CONTEMPLATION VS. ACT

By Yanira Marimón Translated by Margaret Randall

, by Margaret Randall

Every year, on the same date

to V.F.

I never wanted to be just one among multitudes. My delusional eyes were accustomed to being spectators at an endless raging circus.
I remember it: my feet obeyed the delirious rhythm.
Someone shouted: A little faster! Imperiously
(or another sort of violence).
The truth is I was there without being there.
And then I heard strange phrases for the first time:
“Coerced freedom, purchased at the fair’s bargain price.”

Only the doves’ sudden flight brought me back to myself
elevated me.