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Friday, October 26, 2007

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Another nice article to share. =)


Nice Reflection About Life

Critically acclaimed author Gabriel Garcia Marquez has retired from public life due to health reasons: cancer of the lymph nodes. He has sent a farewell letter to his friends, and thanks to the Internet it is spreading. I recommend that you read it. This short text, written by one of the most brilliant Latin Americans in recent times, is truly moving.

A GENIUS BIDS FAREWELL

If for an instant God were to forget that I am a rag doll and gifted me with a piece of life, possibly I wouldn't say all that I think, but rather I would think of all that I say.

I would value things, not for their worth but for what they mean. I would sleep little, dream more, understanding that for each minute we close our eyes we lose sixty seconds of light.

I would walk when others hold back, I would wake when others sleep. I would listen when others talk, and how I would enjoy a good chocolate ice cream! If God were to give me a piece of life, I would dress simply, throw myself face first in the sun, baring not only my body but also my soul.

My God, if I had a heart, I would write my hate on ice, and wait for the sun to show. Over the stars I would paint with a Van Gogh, dream a Benedetti poem, and a Serrat song would be the serenade I'd offer to the moon.

With my tears I would water roses, to feel the pain of their thorns, and the red kiss of their petals!

My God, if I had a piece of life, I wouldn't let a single day pass without telling people I love that I love them.

I would convince each woman and each man that they are my favorites, and I would live in love with love. I would show men how very wrong they are to think that they cease to be in love when they grow old, not knowing that they grow old when they cease to be in love!

To a child I shall give wings, but I shall let him learn to fly on his own.

I would teach the old that death does not come with old age, but with forgetting. So much have I learned from you, oh men!

I have learned that everyone wants to live on the peak of the mountain, without knowing that real happiness is in how it is scaled.

I have learned that when a newborn child squeezes for the first time with his tiny fist his father's finger, he has him trapped forever.

I have learned that a man has the right to look down on another only when he has to help the other get to his feet.

From you I have learned so many things, but in truth they won't be of much use, for when I keep them within this suitcase, unhappily shall I be dying.

GABRIEL GARCIA MARQUEZ

9 comments:

  1. There is a movie coming out based on a book by him..Love in the Middle of Cholera. Not sure if they are previewing it in the Philippines already.

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  2. "My God, if I had a heart, I would write my hate on ice, and wait for the sun to show."

    He's really a man of great sensitivity.

    Thanks for sharing this.

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  3. aYAYAY! Patay na pala siya? Anyway, nice blog you got here!

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  4. uhm, i remember reading that it's been reported in some latin american papers that the poem was written not by marquez but by some ventriloquist i think.

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  5. It's beautiful, but it is indeed a hoax.

    http://www.museumofhoaxes.com/marquez.html

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  6. [patrice] - it's Love In The Time Of Cholera...i think it's showing already?

    abaniko, inkblots, cathy & miss wisabus] - yup, I just learned it wasn't for real. I mean the writing. It's the doing of a ventriloquist.

    just the same, the text is very touching.

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