reinaldo-arenas

Self -Epitaph

A bad poet in love with the moon,
he counted terror as his only fortune :
and it was enough because, being no saint,
he knew that life is risk or abstinence,
that every great ambition is great insanity
and the most sordid horror has its charm.

He lived for life’s sake, which means seeing death
as a daily occurrence on which we wager
a splendid body or our entire lot.
He knew the best things are those we abandon
— precisely because we are leaving.
The everyday becomes’ hateful,
there’ s just one place to live, the impossible.
He knew imprisonment offenses
typical of human baseness ;
but was always escorted by a certain stoicism
that helped him walk the tightrope
or enjoy the morning’s glory,
And when he tottered, a window would appear
for him to jump toward infinity.

He wanted no ceremony, speech, mourning or cry,
no sandy mound where his skeleton be laid to rest
(not even after death he wished to live in peace).
He ordered that his ashes be scattered at sea
where they would be in constant flow.
He hasn’t lost the habit of dreaming :
he hopes some adolescent. Will plunge into his waters.

This is the last poem Reinaldo Arenas wrote before he committed suicide in 1990 .

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[...] killed himself in his Hell’s Kitchen apartment on December 7, 1990. He titled his final poem Self-Epitaph: A bad poet in love with the moon, he counted terror as his only fortune: and it was enough [...]

Box Turtle Bulletin » The Daily Agenda for Thursday, July 16 added these pithy words on Jul 16 15 at 12:00 am

[...] killed himself in his Hell’s Kitchen apartment on December 7, 1990. He titled his final poem Self-Epitaph: A bad poet in love with the moon, he counted terror as his only fortune: and it was enough [...]

Box Turtle Bulletin » Born On This Day, 1943: Reinaldo Arenas added these pithy words on Jul 16 16 at 12:01 am

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