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Essential language

By on Aug 24, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

I am sitting at a fountain somewhere in Plovdiv. My walk is half way. That is consistent with time and distance so my rucksack can be at ease. It is evening. Children are playing round thefountain, long legged women and short haired men are sauntering by. There is a small merry-go-round in the back of the square. Erveryone is talking and I don’t understand a word. By the way they talk I assume it’s social talk, daily things.

I don’t understand one yota of Bulgarian. I could still grasp a bit of the Serbian but here it escapes me completely. The Cyrillic writing adds to that: even the written words elude me.
Yesterday at the coffee machine in that village an elderly woman sat next to me and started to talk . ‘Nema Bulgarski’, I say when that happens. And that I’m Dutch and walking to Istanbul. Mostly that will stop any attempt at conversation: too difficult. She looks at me and smiles and keeps on talking. I don’t know what she said but I know that she spoke to me in a loving and encouraging way. She looked me in the eye and she smiled, she didn’t speak words but intentions. Sometimes language can be a hindrance for real understanding. Had I wanted to understand her words, I might easily have missed the intention of her message.

Today this beautiful Spanish poem came onto my path. It moves me deeply, it talks about the essence of my journey.  How would it be if someone gently speaks these words into your ear. Without the need to understand, just to let the intention of the words come to you. I hope you don’t understand Spanish, come closer, I will speak them quietly to you. (If you want this for real, just ask, my birthday present to you 🙂

 

No te rindas / Mario Benedetti

No te rindas, aun estas a tiempo
de alcanzar y comenzar de nuevo,
aceptar tus sombras, enterrar tus miedos,
liberar el lastre, retomar el vuelo.

No te rindas que la vida es eso,
continuar el viaje,
perseguir tus sueños,
destrabar el tiempo,
correr los escombros y destapar el cielo.

No te rindas, por favor no cedas,
aunque el frio queme,
aunque el miedo muerda,
aunque el sol se esconda y se calle el viento,
aun hay fuego en tu alma,
aun hay vida en tus sueños,
porque la vida es tuya y tuyo tambien el deseo,
porque lo has querido y porque te quiero.

Porque existe el vino y el amor, es cierto,
porque no hay heridas que no cure el tiempo,
abrir las puertas quitar los cerrojos,
abandonar las murallas que te protegieron.

Vivir la vida y aceptar el reto,
recuperar la risa, ensayar el canto,
bajar la guardia y extender las manos,
desplegar las alas e intentar de nuevo,
celebrar la vida y retomar los cielos,

No te rindas por favor no cedas,
aunque el frio queme,
aunque el miedo muerda,
aunque el sol se ponga y se calle el viento,
aun hay fuego en tu alma,
aun hay vida en tus sueños,
porque cada dia es un comienzo,
porque esta es la hora y el mejor momento,
porque no estas sola,
porque yo te quiero.

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