CIUDADES / Tercera Jornada

Foto: ©Mireille Del Valle

Foto: ©Mireille Del Valle

GONZALO TRINIDAD VALTIERRA |

Un grano de arena es una ciudad; una hormiga, un ojo de aguja, un cerrojo…

I

Alfonso X el Sabio, el astrónomo, el mago, en su obra Libros de los relogios incluyó los relojes de piedra, las clepsidras, los relojes de candela, el famoso reloj despertador de Platón, y el relogio de argent vivo, entre tantos. Uno de esos tantos ahora está en mi haber, mas de cómo me fue heredado no puedo dar razón. PzchPzchPzch… Es el reloj que nunca ha hecho tic-tac porque tanta precisión enferma; marca el paso como un cojo tatuado con números romanos. Como un ciego tanteando el suelo con su bastón. En el libro VI habla de tal mi reloj, una pieza incierta perdida en el siglo XIII que según Alfonso sería reliquia de una ciudad coja, ciega, sorda y muda cuando fuese nuevamente descubierta.

II

El baúl en el ático contenía mapas de ciudades medievales. Cientos de mapas, pues el baúl era grande. Con ellos construí al pasar de los años una réplica de alguna ciudad amurallada, con almenas, fuertes balaustradas, portones para soportar arietes con puntal de hierro. Aquellas partes que no encajaban en el modelo, me las ingeniaba para darles unidad conforme arquitectónica voluntad. Al terminar había dejado la mitad de mi juventud en ese oscuro ático. Cuando desperté reconocí los muros de Ávila, Carcasonne, Khiva y otras tantas. Nunca me acostumbré a la noche perpetua del ático.

III

Antes de inventar los microscopios, los macroscópicos, los telescopios, las cámaras, los ojos de pescado; antes de inventar la alquimia del cuarto oscuro, de los daguerrotipos, las emulsiones de plata sobre gelatina, y las maravillas de la óptica moderna; antes de todo eso se veía con la imaginación, y a veces con unos cuantos espejuelos imperfectos de aumento. La imperfección de dichos espejos era compensada con derroches de imaginación. Con fiebres de fantasía.

Era el caso de los cazadores de microbios. Lo que primero descubrieron fue que el ego de los hombres cabía en la espalda de un ácaro de queso. Tan ramplona era la idea de que el universo es un traje hecho a la medida del hombre.

Mientras más hurgaban en los diminutos mundos amplificados por sus cristales, más su imaginación se alteraba. Las maravillas danzantes que descubrieron en una gota de agua eran como barcos diminutos que se deslizaban alocados, alterados por fuerzas desconocidas, voluntades diminutas.

Pasaron en un momento de ciudades bailarinas llenas de hogares con pestillos en las puertas y edificios filiformes a ciudades navegantes con diminutos brazos que se contaban por las centenas. Descubrieron arquitecturas monstruosas, ciudades hechas de bastoncitos que se adherían a otras para alimentarse ellas.

En algún momento se preguntaron cómo serían los habitantes de esos pequeñísimos mundos.

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Autorretrato

Autorretrato

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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