Lo que nunca fuimos – Capítulo sobre Robert

Tenía la cabellera recogida en un nudo colgando detrás de su cabeza, reposando tranquilo sobre su nuca, perlas diamantinas brillando sobre sus labios y un trazo suave de rímel delineando sus ojos. Llevaba puesta una blusa blanca y un saco negro sobre una falda oscura que flotaba sobre el elástico de sus medias y las curvas negras de sus zapatos de tacón.

-¿Dónde estabas?

-En la oficina. ¿Te desperté?

-No. Estaba mirando la televisión.

-Es muy tarde Robert.

Se acercó a ella. Flotaba alrededor suyo el olor almendrado de su cuerpo.

-¿Mucho trabajo en la oficina?- Le dio un beso en la frente. Un ligero olor a cerveza, a multitud, a humo de cigarro, a bar le llegó a la nariz. Kathy volvió la cara hacia el otro lado antes de zafarse de su abrazo. Robert le alcanzó a bezar la mejilla izquierda.

-Si  ya sabes cómo es.  – dijo y luego calló. Recordó la llamada que había hecho unas horas antes. “No se encuentra aquí. Salió de la oficina hace algunas horas” Ella debió notar que algo se resistía a estallar en sus labios porque preguntó.

-¿Is there anything wrong? – Dos pares de ojos incendiando un espacio de dos metros.  Dentro de él, un monstruo intentaba salir. .. Asustado respondió.

-No- Robert recibió un beso en la mejilla antes de ver a Kathy dirigirse al baño de la habitación.

El agua corría por el lavamanos. La vio parada frente al espejo, algodón en mano, removiendo el maquillaje de sus ojos. El nudo de su pelo ahora vuelto una trenza bajaba como un río de oro por su espalda desnuda.

Viéndola ahí, desnudarse poco a poco en el acto rutinario de la noche le asaltó la sensación que aquel podría ser cualquier día de los últimos tres años.  Le fascinaba ese momento; ella frente al espejo, él viéndola desde la oscuridad de la habitación. Ella envuelta en el éter de luz blanca que rebotaba sobre las baldosas, fuera del mundo en un momento de solitaria intimidad, un momento solo compartido por él, héroe escondido entre las rocas observando a su ninfa tomar un baño en un arroyo lunar. Todo quedaba en blanco cuando la veía. Su pasado. Su futuro. Solo quedaba un presente, donde él  la contemplaba desde lejos mientras ella se veía a sí misma en la luna del espejo.

No pudo evitar sentir un suave hervor escalarle por el pecho.  La amaba. La adoraba. Pensó. “My Kathy”. Murmuró. Y quiso saltar de la cama, abrazarla, con un gesto suave rodear con el brazo su cadera mientras ella se veía al espejo y así ver el reflejo de sus dos rostros enlazarse en un beso. Un beso público en el universo de sus intimidades compartidas. Kathy cerró la puerta del baño. El rugido del inodoro la acompañó a su regreso a la habitación.

Se deslizó entre las sábanas. Los charcos grises de sus pupilas se entremezclaron por un momento antes que ella volviera la cabeza al otro lado. Robert sintió como si un balde de agua fría se hubiera derramado sobre su pecho.

-¿Algo que quieras contarme? – Ella dejó escapar una ligera temblorina . Robert desanudó su abrazo.

-No. Estoy muy cansada y es muy tarde. Lets sleep.

Robert permaneció despierto, el corazón latiendo con fuerza. Pensó en abrazarla de nuevo, pensó en recorrer a besos el sendero de su pecho hasta llegar a su ingle pero no sintió apetito.  Pensó de nuevo en esa voz diciendo “no está aquí, se fue de la oficina hace unas horas” y volvió a pensar en números y símbolos de acciones de bolsa danzando alrededor de una habitación gigantesca donde una multitud de corredores de bolsa gritaban precios y órdenes. Escuchó a Kathy roncar. Entonces cerró los ojos y sintió poco a poco un sueño intranquilo apoderarse de él.

Dreams – a note

I had a third person dream and I thought the character of my dream went on a mission to Mars until I realized that he was actually involved in a political assassination plot. When this was evident he decided to escape walking and running down a winding road. As an spectator I couldn’t understand why he hadn’t chosen to take a car or taxi.

I dreamt I was living in a tattered house in Santiago Chile. I was scared of an upcoming earthquake. Somehow I thought that the italian quake would cause the earth to readjust and cause a quake where I was. I thought of SF and Mexico City and realized there could be an earthquake in any of them. There was a strange eery abandoned looking room  to one side with an old desk, tattered paint on the walls, and a bed with a metallic broken frame. There were trees outside and I was thinking how would I fly away (with my arms) once the quake started, but the windows were closed and I was afraid the broken glass would fall on me.

Flying kites

The door closes. The street is silent. Sundays are slow days. The cherry trees are blossoming. We walk and laugh. We walk and laugh again. Up that hill they are flying kites. “I want to get one” I whisper to  her ear. It is windy and I can see the carcases of my words go away. They are floating around us, threaded to our kissing mouths only by the silence that lingers between us. The hill is steep and the city shines beyond the park.

 

Longings

The trees cast a long shadow over the road. It is a tiny road that curves along the quiet facades of old houses and ancient walls, hops over the arch of a bridge and plunges into the yellow night and into the trees. The night is yellow, yellow as the gas lights that pour their jelly of gold, and tinge the intimacy of night with a dust of old.
We walked a few steps over the bridge and stopped as we reached the middle of its hunch. There was a swift kiss. One. Two. Our lips pressing tight against each other and the arch of our backs bending in an untied knot.
It all smells of old. The lazy arch of the river coils around the same turn that it has seen for centuries, and the faces of these walls wet their noses into the black water as they have always done.
There is something fiery about the noises that escape from the hidden corners of the night. The untamed past shouts from the pavement stones. The echoes of gone steps fill the empty space that stretches beyond the intimacy of our play. The past with its tentacles of foam and its vast shores of pebbles dwells out there. It is alive in the murmur of the trees. It lives in the yellow lights of the gas lamps. It whispers with the echo of a long gone cart, rolling slowly through the street, leaving behind it the clapping of a horse’s shoes. It is there, reverberating with the sound of cannon voices and the fading shouts of a commander to his battalion of iron suits. The past and its stories of love and death, flesh, bones, and dust, swirls around us as the taste of our mouths fuse.
What am I searching for when I kiss your lips? What are we searching for in the hidden shores of our skin? What are we looking for in this colliding, this implosion of our bodies if not only a tiny relief from the looming presence of death? It is in the past, deep in the night of the world and the big blanket that surrounds it all and stretches around us like a cocoon where we exist. Inside it there is only the two of us, our bodies, our kisses, and nothing else.
Over there the contours of light raging in a craze of colour invite us to unravel the ribbon of our kiss. The music pours from the tents and crosses the night in swift flight.
The purple liquid pours from a vast cup and a fountain of black lava flows down into a pond of chocolate. The lamps shine on top of us, and their yellow lights pulse in front of the black of a starry night.
When we look up, a few nightly flies hover around the lights’ golden nape and beyond them, the moon looks down upon us with its immovable and pallid gaze.

A portrait of the distance

The table is empty.

The window is open. There is a patch of blue.

An open book lies besides a glass of wine on a side shelf.

A golden light pours out from a door. A candle burns in another room.

The air is clean. The sails inflate and deflate with the breathing of the breeze.

The sea is cold, and its waters shine clean and blue under the sail boats.

Her body sits, straight on the chair. She wears a white hat and a blue dress. Her lips are half open as if a smile had just flown away from her mouth.

A seagull cuts the air with its silvery wings. It flies away slowly, and its distant cries fade as its wings take it far away.

My fins

I jumped into the river and swam to the other shore.

When I left the water a pair of fins had emerged on my back.

The pedestrians looked at me with fear. I didn’t know where to go, where to walk. I fainted. ‘

When I woke up, there was a light on top of me, and I could see nothing but its bright rays of white.

I touched my back with my left arm. There was a long scar running down my spine.

The hospital sheets where white, but the room had blue curtains dividing me from the others.

I went by the water. The wind was calm, and the river flowed down its course with a steady stream of green liquid.

I jumped.

Some note

Why do I write? The act of writing, is that of leaving a mark of ink on the page. The page that glitters, white and empty, gets filled with the images, the emotions, the colours, the ideas that populate my imagination and give shape to the landscapes of my inside.

I write to forget, to empty the vessel of my soul of the ghosts of its memories. I write because I feel. And I feel. I write, I shout, I feel. There are lips and sights, and eyes that looked at me with a smile and those who looked at me with a faraway glance. And I write to capture them all, to lock them on the white of the blank page. And when I succeed, when the letters carve a prison of words, I am free. I am free.

The dirt. The grass that moves, in tiny inflections of its shape with the soft movement of the breeze. The landscape is wide. A few trees scattered in the distance move from one side to the other. Their colour is dark green, and they form a circle of deeper greens that surrounds the fields.

I call my name. The sound bounces on the walls of the grotto and bounces again and again on the walls of the cave. I hear my name repeated, magnified, amplified and finally scattered into pieces reaching back to me. The water is cold. The cold permeates through my skin.

The dirt falls on my head. I have been lying in this coffin for a few days, and the leakage lets pass a constant flow of sand into my box. I can’t move. The sand doesn’t let me move my head. I try to shout, but my throat says nothing, and my lungs, dead, cannot pump the little air that stands between me and the ceiling of my crypt.

A spade breaks the seal. I cannot move. The sand has covered with a thin layer of silica the enamel of my bones.

Public death

They killed him.

The bullet pierced his forehead and he fell from the podium and into the mass of people that cheered below.

There was a silence. The crowd kept quiet.

And the TV monitors spat, to the dense air of a summer evening, the news of the assassination.

An acid cry escaped my throat. The TV shop was cluttered with people revolving around the few monitors that were turned on. I believed in him. I believed in his words and his speech. I believed, I cried, and someone pat my back.

He was a man. For his forehead bled, and his lungs stopped breathing. I thought, while walking out of the store; I thought he would bring change, and from thinking about it again and again, I thought he was change itself. I thought many things. I realized everyone thought many things. Then I remembered the bullet, the improbable bullet that pierced Keneddy’s skull in Dallas, and I felt scared. How was it possible that HE was killed. How could it be possible?

We all felt cold. We felt a big wave of chilled wind flow through the city. The next morning they brought the newspaper and his face was there, bleeding on the asphalt. He died instantaneously. I looked at the picture for a scarce second. “They caught one of the assassins” read the footnote. I felt my stomach turn around. The morning was bright outside. The street was full of the sound of cars moving slowly through the congested avenue. I took my briefcase and left for work.

Some note

Why do I write? The act of writing, is that of leaving a mark of ink on the page. The page that glitters, white and empty, gets filled with the images, the emotions, the colours, the ideas that populate my imagination and give shape to the landscapes of my inside.

I write to forget, to empty the vessel of my soul of the ghosts of its memories. I write because I feel. And I feel. I write, I shout, I feel. There are lips and sights, and eyes that looked at me with a smile and those who looked at me with a faraway glance. And I write to capture them all, to lock them on the white of the blank page. And when I succeed, when the letters carve a prison of words, I am free. I am free.

The dirt. The grass that moves, in tiny inflections of its shape with the soft movement of the breeze. The landscape is wide. A few trees scattered in the distance move from one side to the other. Their colour is dark green, and they form a circle of deeper greens that surrounds the fields.

I call my name. The sound bounces on the walls of the grotto and bounces again and again on the walls of the cave. I hear my name repeated, magnified, amplified and finally scattered into pieces reaching back to me. The water is cold. The cold permeates through my skin.

The dirt falls on my head. I have been lying in this coffin for a few days, and the leakage lets pass a constant flow of sand into my box. I can’t move. The sand doesn’t let me move my head. I try to shout, but my throat says nothing, and my lungs, dead, cannot pump the little air that stands between me and the ceiling of my crypt.

A spade breaks the seal. I cannot move. The sand has covered with a thin layer of silica the enamel of my bones.