Two Spains

February 9, 2011

There was this guy named Antonio Cipriano José María y Francisco de Santa Ana Machado y Ruiz. He’s known as Antonio Machado now, but I like his real name and its disdain for brevity.

He was a brave dude (anti-Franocist during/after the coup) and really went hard with literature and poetry.  Here’s an excerpt:

‘Españolito que vienes
al mundo, te guarde Dios.
Una de las dos Españas
ha de helarte el corazón.’

It basically means,’Little Spaniard coming into this world, May God protect you.  One of the two Spains will freeze your heart.’

It’s about the intransigent Spanish political divide.  We just finished reading Giles Tremlett’s The Ghosts of Spain and learned about how this divide affects the past, present, and future of Spanish governing and culture.  In some cases, politics run thicker than blood, to sometimes tragic consequences. We’re talking about bodies, people.

I won’t give you a book report although I want to. Props to Connie for the rec.

The poem also got me thinking about America more than anything since Bunk, McNulty and the train track metaphor.

But there’s space for optimism.  We have 2 little nephews that we love and don’t see enough and I don’t think they long for the lost days of Air America.

Have to love those kids.  Hearts not frozen yet.

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2 Responses to “Two Spains”

  1. Sam said

    Hey you forgot Landyn

  2. Bethany said

    we cannot wait to meet Landyn this summer!

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