CIUDADES / Primera Jornada

Foto: ©Mireille Del Valle

Foto: ©Mireille Del Valle


Las ciudades son imposibles.


Escalón tras escalón tras escalón siempre se sube, se baja, se vuelve sobre los pasos, se adelanta un poco pero siempre se está en el mismo lugar. Cualquiera que sea su nombre.

Toda ciudad tiene sus jerarquías, sus geometrías, sus conjuntos y funciones, sus límites y convergencias. Por ejemplo ese edificio. Asómese usted también, véalo, véalo. ¿No le parece conocido, no cree haberlo visto antes, en una fotografía, en un libro, en una película… en un sueño?

Vea este otro, el de la derecha. No, ese no. Ese otro, el edificio vestido con paños de seda. El que parece una novia prismática. ¿Recuerda usted cómo era antes de que lo envolvieran como una cigarra? Hace los mismos ruidos que una cigarra, ¿no cree? Escuche las máquinas, los gritos, las grúas, los martillos y las poleas. ¿No le parece un caos dentro de la pupa de seda blanca?

Ya veo que no recuerda cómo era ese edificio. Lo mismo daría preguntarle por cualquier otro. No recuerda cómo eran porque todos son iguales. Exagero, eran idénticos. Todos son el mismo edificio, la misma construcción, idéntico remate aquí y ventanas cuadradas allá, ventanas que imitan luciérnagas que brillan por las noches. Los constructores de imperios ya no existen. Ahora todo es prefabricado, ya no hay lugar para las diferencias, para la belleza, para la fatalidad; hasta el error es calculado.

Nos mira la ciudad con sus millones de ojos, vitrinas y aparadores que refulgen con un brillo execrable, con lucecitas que, tristemente, en nada se asemejan al sol.

Suba usted al décimo piso y verá las tuberías torcidas junto al baño, del lado derecho. Es lo mismo en todos los décimos pisos de esta ciudad; créame, lo he visto. Son todos idénticos. Hasta podría ser lo mismo en todas las ciudades.

No me sorprendería que esta conversación estuviese ocurriendo en todos los quintos pisos de los demás edificios.




Gonzalo Trinidad Valtierra / Ciudad de México, 1986

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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