October 25, 2006

The Heart of The Matter

Por: Manuel Clavell Carrasquillo en extranjería

volkgEscribe Pepe Liboy
Especial para Estruendomudo

Habíamos llegado al promontorio por la tarde, como a las tres, uno de esos domingos de interminable modorra, cuando la batería del carro se agotó y tuve que andar dos o tres kilómetros más arriba, y preguntar por quién me podía ayudar a yompear el vehículo. Me hincaba el corazón la tranca de cigarrillos diarios, y no podía sino ver el marcamillas. Le puse una media al carburador, que se había tapado jalando un exceso de gasolina y me acordé cuando me metía debajo del Volky para ponerle los cables del cloche que se habían roto. Nota que fue entonces y no después cuando me dio por pensar en el suicidio de José María Arguedas, que no pudo pagar la mensualidad del Volky, y un pensamiento más que metafísico me llevó andando hasta la pizzería, que estaba al lado de la estación. Alguien había derrumbado la pizzería de Río Piedras en donde comía largos slices cuando nene, y con la muerte de mi papá a cuestas, y los artículos promocionales en el baúl del vehículo, me dio con pensar en las muchachas de izquierda que patrocinaban el arte en San Juan. Cojí el celular y llamé a Aravind.

-Aravind. ¿No sabes quién en la Universidad me podría yompear?- le pregunté.

-Bueno. Si estás en el parking de la Universidad, los guardias tienen boosters. -Me dijo.

-Es que estoy un poco lejos. No de mi madre. Pero no puedo llamarla.

-Debieras escribir un cuento con un párrafo que diga lo siguiente: “Las cuestiones técnicas nos comprometen. Cuando mueren nuestros padres, y no damos clases, y se ha acabado el polvo de oro en la hacienda, empiezas a notar que todos esos detalles como las baterías y los cables, nos agotan y no nos permiten disfrutar de los pocos segundos de alegría que nos trae una emergencia”.

-Yo voy a esperar a llegar a casa. Entonces sí, seguramente empiece un cuento con ese párrafo. No obstante, tiene que llegar alguien.

-Hoy, cuando vas por la avenida, y ves tantos carros, y ya nada queda cerca de tu casa, ni la muerte. Y todo es una lentitud, a pesar de que hay tantas máquinas, te preguntas si es que somos de otra raza y no podemos bregar con esta vida.

-No. En general sí. Lo único que tengo de negro es que se me parten en dos las relaciones. Un poco así como la corriente alterna y directa. Es como si en Europa no hubiera corriente.

-No sé lo que hay.

-Chévere, Aravind. Voy a llamar a mami.

Llamé por teléfono a mi mamá y no la encontré. Volví al carro y le dije a mi novia que la podía acompañar hasta la parada.

-Yo no sé que tipo de persona eres tú, ni qué corriente es la tuya. Menos mal que no llegamos a averiguarlo. A veces es bueno que se dañen las cosas.

-Es que no tienes nada que valga la pena, si lo piensas bien. Ni el carro, ni la computadora, ni los teléfonos celulares. Todo es de segunda categoría. Sin pensar que estás siempre enfermo, con tu carga de tarugos.

-Pero al menos no llegamos a ninguna parte.

-Yo soy buena, no obstante. Sólo que el mantenimiento del vehículo cuesta un poco.

-Por eso te voy a devolver a tus padres. Y a devolverme a mí mismo. Ni expresándome correctamente, alcanzo bregar bien con todas estas máquinas.

*Pepe Liboy, narrador preocupado por la ciencia ficción y la embriología, publicó hace unos años la antología de cuentos más fértiles de la segunda mitad del siglo XX en la isla de Puerto Rico: “Cada vez te despides mejor”. Estruendomudo reproduce con su permiso uno de los cuentos nuevos en que trabaja, parte de la serie sobre los escarabajos mecánicos o los populares autos Volkswagen. Para efectos del Registro Demográfico Pepe es José Liboy Erba, también para la Biblioteca del Congreso, que -a pesar de las resistencias- ya lo clasificó.

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  1. j.a. bonilla said,
    on October 25th, 2006 at 4:12 pm

    chilling. pensé en un diálogo de fantasmas eléctricos entre Cotázar y Kafka que iría algo así:
    -Yo no soy más que un pobre caballo amarillo, y nadie, nadie, limpiará las lágrimas de mis ojos, dice C.
    -En mí se alternan el frío y el calor a medida que se alternan las palabras dentro de la frase, sueño elevaciones y caídas melódicas, leo frases de Goethe como si recorriese sus acentos con todo mi cuerpo, dice K.
    -No, no son las palabras, son lo que está en las palabras, esa especie de cola de pegar, esa baba. Y la baba viene y te tapa y te convence de que el espejo eres tú, responde C.
    -Me separa de todas las cosas un espacio hueco, a cuyos límites ni siquiera intento acercarme, dice K.
    -Lo que queda por decir es siempre una nube.
    -Lo que a menudo nos engaña es el temperamento del lenguaje.

  2. Pepe Liboy said,
    on October 30th, 2006 at 1:55 pm

    Hola:

    Manuel me pidió un cuento corto para este medio. Ya he visto que algunos contestan a los ensayos. No es lo que escribo ahora, pero sirve para entretener.

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