Three Poems by Benito del Pliego
–“They lie who claim they’re free and no one holds their reins.
I’ve heard it said there are unmastered horses, but I think about
And the rider, who nails your shoes to your hooves and
saddles you, brings to your flanks the boots that spur him on.”
— “The web is all-encompassing memory and brings everything
to itself, holding it in and trapping it. What grazes the edge also
touches the center.
You repeat your pattern and when you try to vary the template,
you relapse, because none is better than the one that binds you.
Only an acrobat can escape; the acrobat, who risks his life as he
endangers the lives of others.”
— “What’s emphasized is virtue and conviction. ‘You insist
on your ruin and find your salvation’– as a poet said.
We accept hunger and cold, but dissatisfaction stabs us
through the heart.
A miserable little world, desire transforms it into glorious
honey: it provokes us and quenches us, and it buries us.”