CIUDADES / Cuarta Jornada

Foto: ©Mireille Del Valle

Foto: ©Mireille Del Valle

GONZALO TRINIDAD VALTIERRA |

La ciudad es un concepto, pero es más una fuerza, una voluntad.

I

Cuando Aristóteles observó a dos animales que reñían por un pedazo de carne, no tardó en darse cuenta que sus compatriotas hacían lo mismo al reñir por el mismo pedazo de carne. Pensó que siendo todos animales algo habría de diferenciar a los que proferían insultos y amenazas antes de abalanzarse sobre el filete. Escuchando a un retórico senil desarmar los argumentos de su contraparte con elegancia, dedujo que algo habría de racional en esos animales tan mal provistos de armas: escamas, colmillos y garras. La razón es, sin duda, un arma invisible. La ciudad desde entonces buscó a la razón entre sus muros y alabardas.

II

En la escuela me dijeron que la imagen de una cosa no era la cosa misma. Con el tiempo coleccioné tantas imágenes de la ciudad en mi afán por descifrar la voluptuosidad tras sus columnas que mi cámara era como un tercer ojo. Una máquina para capturar el tiempo y el espacio. En los muros de mi cuarto había fuentes, niños, niños en las fuentes, avenidas, puentes y edificios; cada siglo tenía un ídolo en mi muro, el XVI tenía una catedral inclinada hacia el oriente, un moro encubierto que llegó a América. Mi ciudad era perfecta, mis muros poseían lo más bello, lo mejor, lo eterno. Una mañana decidí mudarme, tomé mi maleta y mi cámara. En mi nuevo cuarto he comenzado a colocar las imágenes de una nueva y mejor ciudad.

III

Una de tantas ciudades que conocí decretó que sus monedas serían acuñadas a imagen de la traza perfecta de la ciudad. Cada óvolo de plata (sin duda era una ciudad muy rica) tenía de un lado la ciudad estampada, una ciudad miniatura. Del otro lado de la moneda estaba la misma ciudad invertida, vista desde el centro de la tierra hacia el cielo. Para hacer esta cara de la moneda se invirtieron millones de monedas de plata, de las que tenían el rostro de su fundador. Hoy la ciudad ya no existe, pero conservo una moneda y a veces visito los lugares que más disfrutaba entonces. La ciudad no ha cambiado en nada.

IV

Locusta era una ciudad encalada en una roca junto a Cerdeña en donde crecían cantidad de plantas venenosas y el arsénico abundaba en la tierra. Cada cierto tiempo, según una tradición anterior a los romanos, a la mujer más bella y hábil en el arte del envenenamiento se le concedía el nombre de la ciudad. Una hermosa esclava romana resultó ser la más diestra en el manejo de los venenos durante el siglo I. Locusta se convirtió en la piedra angular de la política romana.

Entre emperadores locos, rétores, poetas y filósofos que como hormigas atestaban las calles, Roma se había vuelto un enorme circo. Un circo que necesitaba nuevamente orden. Ni el senado, ni Claudio, Nerón o Calígula podrían enderezar el imperio, tan torcidos ellos mismos estaban. Se necesitó una mujer, una esclava, una pérfida envenenadora para apresurar las sucesiones en el gran trono romano.

Cientos de muertes en unas cuentas gotas de veneno. Qué perfección, qué orden el que Locusta conocía, el de la muerte. Una sola voluntad para hacer lo que al tiempo le costaría otro tanto.

En cambio ella recibió una muerte terrible. Fue violada por una jirafa en público y descuartizada por bestias. Su ciudad natal ardió hasta los cimientos.

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Escribo porque busco. No sé qué. Escribo aunque esto sea imposible: es querer decir antes que las palabras nos evadan. Es evadirme a mí mismo; como toda evasión, la escritura conlleva una persecución —una búsqueda histérica—. No sé qué. Una persecución circular: como un perro que persigue su propia cola que podría estar hecha de palabras. Amo la filosofía. Mi relación con ella es como con todas mis mujeres: disfuncional, interrumpida, voraz, pervertida…

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