Little Terracotta Warriors
since we’re little,
little terracotta warriors
we train our body,
scyamaching under the sun,
kung-fusing in the play-go-round
scyamaching to a song’s rhythm
we stoically take our orders,
a marching childhood,
marching towards a future unknown,
marching ‘cause we’re told so,
we always march,
twenty-first century Spartans,
marching towards a future unknown,
marching that’s all we know.
Modernism VS Reality
To Google photos isn’t the same as discovering the world with your own eyes.
Using Instagram doesn’t make you an artist.
Twitter everything you do and think 24/7/365 ain’t the same as talking with another person.
Your millions of Facebook friends’ can’t compare to your bros’ and sis’ off-line.
Isolate yourself behind the headphones don’t allow you to listen to the music of the world around you.
Sharing other people’s work isn’t having an original idea.
You don’t celebrate scoring a goal in PES or FIFA as when you do one in the beach or the potrero.
Vomit everything on the screen doesn’t prepare you for a stage.
In WhatsApp we are Gods of smooth talking with girls, face to face we are Chewacca on hiccups.
Having a blog doesn’t make you Borges or Pizarnik, maybe a Cumbio.
When you go out to the street do you fell the wind/heat/rain or do you have an app for it?
Living through a device isn’t the same as to vegetate?
Hostel’s macabre tango
A tango starts to sound,
the common room looks around,
they have stopped their devices,
ghosts began to manifest,
from the smoggy sky a sun ray emerges
it lights the dim room,
a long forgotten lady stretches her long-ago dead arm,
she invites me to tango,
a macabre dance,
the ball of the street walkers outside,
honking cars disappear for a couple of minutes,
we keep dancing,
11 o`clock in the morning,
Buenos Aires hora 0,
the song ends,
the ghost stop dancing
reality hurts again,
the smell of perfume disappears,
that of noodles awaken me,
people stare back at me,
the next tango will take me home again,
only time will tell…
Soul of China
The soul of China is at stake,
down with the old,
up with the new,
bricks turned into dust,
dust turned into bricks,
start all over again.
The green fields,
the smoggy sky,
the shiny new cities,
the dusty old towns,
Mercedes Benz racing down bicycles
on the highway;
rumbling domino pieces lined down to fall,
Modern Era has come to China,
corbeau jade tainted rivers,
brand new cellphones
spitting at WeChat.
watches its subjects raise/demise,
chasing the dragon(’s tail to sniff it)
Modernism consumes nations
in the penetralia of China,
the partocracy people are building their
tomb, one brick at the time,
thousands of years ago,
they used to build walls,
the ghost cities of the future
are being built, here,
one little old dusty forgotten memorial brick at the time…
Fast passing drivers
rampaging through the sidewalk,
ricocheting in the streets,
frogs crossing avenues
getting hit by reality.
Crash course in the depths
of China, about
how to survive walking down the street.
Hades’ tricycles rush into limbo,
I keep jumping between the cars
praying to make it
to the other side
bicycles and motorbikes use me
as a roundabout;
I open my eyes like the owl,
I run the last meters like a chicken.
On the sidewalk, madness sprout.
Cars bicycles tricycles motorbikes
pass me by;
I give up to the barbarism,
I get down to the street,
I don’t give a damn.
Like a China-man, I turn the streets
into my sidewalk;
in the mean-time,
the Porsche honking behind me
to get up on the sidewalk
gets the Audi mad
for not letting it pass,
bikes fly around us like mosquitos,
tricycles stop to ask
If I want a ride,
I pu sh them.
I keep walking the madhouse corridors
I’ve stopped giving a damn.
Mar del Plata (1984) Translator and teacher, uthopical dreamer, nowhere man, pacifist. Poems and short stories published in Argentinian and international anthologies, audio-books, magazines and web pages.Second prize in the “Short Story Contest- CEM 2012 Awards”. Member of the international organisation Poetas del Mundo. Member of the literary experiences colective La Prosa Mutante. E-book 4 Estaciones (2008, self-published – 4 Seasons.) My short stories book is called Hormiguero y otros relatos (2014, Ed Taller de Letras – Ant Hole and Other Stories). My first poetry book is called SOS Ciudad Enferma (2015, Ed. Martín – SOS Sick City.) I’m preparing a bilingual poetry book in English and Chinese. I reside in China right now.
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