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Spain, Basque Country, Harkaitz Cano, ‘Flexible Time’

MALGUA DENBORA

Motelago doa denbora atzerriko hirietan;
horregatik ihesak, horregatik aire konpainia eskasak, horregatik jet laga
–edo ezustean liluratu zaituen usain ezatsegin hori–;
horregatik planoei buruzbehera begiratzeko joera.

Motelago doa denbora ezezagunen etxeetan;
horregatik hotelak, horregatik bisitak, itxaron-gelekiko gogo hori;
horregatik kaleko sirena hotsen abiadan anbulantziak su-hiltzaileetatik
bereizteko grina asegaitza.

Motelago doalako denbora gorputz arrotzetan;
horregatik zain egon beharra ekarriko duten maitaleen xerka;
horregatik zauriak, motelago doalako denbora zaurien gainean.

Mina eternitate faltsu baten promesa faltsua delako.

Esplorazio guztiak,
kepiak buruan edo hartza-larrua soinean egindakoak,
zaldiz, mendiz, airez edo itsasoz egindako espedizio guztiak,
heroikoak eta eguneroko ostera txikiak
–Scott, Shackleton, Duvoisin kapitaina–,
erlojua geratzeko,
denborari trabes egiteko ahalegin xaloak ote ziren?

Motelago baitoa denbora beti elurra apartatu edo
aihotzarekin oihanean sasia garbitzen zabiltzanean.

Bide ezagunetan, aldiz, azkarrago pasatzen dira orduak.

Hori da ordaina: galduta zaudenean doala motelen denbora.

Amildegian motelago lautadan baino.
Basoan motelago xenda seguruan baino.

Xendan dagoenak, basora begiratzen du beti, bertan laino.
Basoan nahi luke galdu denbora,
bera denboran ez galtzeko eta
denborak ez alferrik galtzeko bera, akaso.

Esanda doa:
inork ez du egundo denbora malgu hori errenditu.
Katedun erlojuetan katebegi huts gu,
basoan umeak egin eta basoan galtzen diren umeen
ipuinak egiten
jarraitzen dugu.

Motelago igarotzen delako denbora beti
bide ezezagunetatik goazenean.

FLEXIBLE TIME

Time goes more slowly in a foreign city;
therefore escapes, therefore inadequate airline companies, therefore jetlag
– or that sudden captivating unpleasant odor –
therefore the tendency to read maps upside down.

Time goes more slowly in strange houses;
therefore hotels, therefore visits, a fascination with waiting rooms;
therefore the insatiable desire
to tell ambulances from fire trucks in the swift wail of a siren.

Time goes more slowly in unknown bodies;
therefore the search for lovers that spring from new delays;
therefore wounds, because time goes more slowly over wounds.

Because pain is the false promise of a false eternity.

All explorations,
undertaken with military caps or wrapped in bearskin,
on horseback, in the mountains, in the open air or by sea,
heroic or daily strolls
– Scott, Shackleton, Captain Duvoisin –
are they but pathetic attempts to stop the clock,
to bet against time?

Because time always goes slower as snow is removed
or as the machete clears brambles in the jungle.

But on familiar roads the hours fly by.

This is the price you pay: time goes slowest when you are lost.

Slower on a cliff than on the flatlands.
Slower in the forest than on a safe path.

The rambler always looks to the forest, to the mist there.
He would like to lose time in the forest
but not lose himself in time or
not be lost by time, perhaps.

It has been said:
no one has yet conquered flexible time.
Mere links in the chain of time are we,
bearing children in the forest and telling
children’s stories
lost there.

Because time always passes more slowly
on unfamiliar paths.

More information:
Basque poetry: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/what-bertsolaritza-and-who-are-basque-poets-who-know-it-180959591/
http://basquepoetry.eus/?i=aurki-en&b=poemak

Catalan Poetry:
http://perso.wanadoo.es/lipmic/Pluricat/eng/
https://theculturetrip.com/europe/spain/articles/10-catalan-poets-you-need-to-know/
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