The Sarabite: Towards an Aesthetic Christianity

There is a continuous attraction, beginning with God, going to the world, and ending at last with God, an attraction which returns to the same place where it began as though in a kind of circle. -Marsilio Ficino

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Mi espejo


image credit

Bolero

Qué vanidad imaginar
que puedo darte todo, el amor y la dicha,
itinerarios, música, juguetes.
Es cierto que es así:
todo lo mío te lo doy, es cierto,
pero todo lo mío no te basta
como a mí no me basta que me des
todo lo tuyo.

Por eso no seremos nunca
la pareja perfecta, la tarjeta postal,
si no somos capaces de aceptar
que sólo en la aritmética
el dos nace del uno más el uno.

Por ahí un papelito
que solamente dice:

Siempre fuiste mi espejo,
quiero decir que para verme tenía que mirarte.


-Julio Cortázar

What vanity it is to imagine
that I can give you all, love and hapiness
trips, music, toys.
That certainly is the case:
I give all that I have to you, it's true,
but all that I have is not enough for you
as it is the case that you giving me everything
is not enough for me.

That's the reason why we will never be
the perfect couple, the post card,
if we are not capable of accepting
that only in arithmetic
is two born from one plus one.

Over there somewhere is
a paper that says only:

You were always my mirror,
I want to say that in order to see myself
I had to look at you.

17 Comments:

At 4:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't get the image, wouldn't be my pick

like your poetry picks

 
At 4:36 PM, Anonymous sspx fan said...

this is occasion of sin

 
At 3:33 PM, Anonymous athos said...

I don't get this image either. The body is certainly not evil but what was the point of posting such a sensual image?

 
At 3:41 PM, Blogger Arturo Vasquez said...

Mmmmm... I thought puritanism died the death some time ago.

The poem is obviously a love poem, although a strange one. You figure out the rest.

 
At 1:17 PM, Anonymous athos said...

No, I just think the image is a bit lacking in beauty and is somewhat sensual. I am not sure what puritanism has to do with anything that is why I said "the body is not evil". I was reading an essay by Fr. Luigi Sturzo today on "The Inner morality of Art" and he had this to say:

"The sense of decency is both a safeguard and a psychic limitation of the sexual instinct, and it develops spontaneously into a moral factor in the standard of individual and social conduct. With differences of degree, it is also a limit of the modes of expression of the human form. The difference may be noteworthy. Normally, in social life, a naked person is an offense against decency. We must say "normally" because in the case of a baby, a shipwrecked man swimming ashore, one escaping a fire, or a patient on the operating table, there is no offense. But a statue or picture of a human being which idealizes the physical beauty of the body, an athletic movement or the grace of childhood, or which symbolizes feelings or ideas such as faith, charity, justice, liberty and peace, has in it such an ideal content that it can never fail to convey supreme respect for the sense of decency. If by mistake or design on the part of the artist, this sense is not respected in some detail of the work, the whole thing becomes less artistic, less harmonious, and may even be disfigured."

Okay it is a love poem but the image is in my estimation "less artistic" and "less harmonious" hardly the same as some of the great depictions of the naked body from Ancient Greece. I am probably making a mountain out of mole hill but I am surprised you mentioned puritanism when I am Catholic (although I have a great respect for Mt. Athos) and lament the real strains of puritanism in certain traditional Catholic circles.

 
At 3:44 PM, Blogger Arturo Vasquez said...

Dear "athos",

I don't know you from Adam. That's the problem with anonymous comments.

 
At 5:55 PM, Anonymous athos said...

You are right. Please accept my apologies.

 
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