Israel retratado por Borges

El escritor argentino Jorge Luis Borges que nació el 24 de agosto de 1899 en la ciudad de Ginebra escribió un libro de poemas llamado “El Elogio de las Sombras” que se publicó en 1969. En este libro se destacaron tres poemas que escribió sobre el Estado Hebreo; A Israel, Israel y Israel, 1969. A continuación el poema escrito y el video recitado “Israel, 1969” por Vincent Aboites:

Temí que en Israel acecharía
con dulzura insidiosa
la nostalgia que las diásporas seculares
en las ciudades del infiel, en las juderías,
en los ocasos de la estepa, en los sueños,
la nostalgia de aquéllos que te anhelaron,
Jerusalén, junto a las aguas de Babilonia.

¿Qué otra cosa eras, Israel, sino esa nostalgia,
sino esa voluntad de salvar,
entre las inconstantes formas del tiempo,
tu viejo libro mágico, tus liturgias,
tu soledad con Dios?
No así. La más antigua de las naciones
es también la más joven.

No has tentado a los hombres con jardines,
con el oro y su tedio
sino con el rigor, tierra última.
Israel les ha dicho sin palabras:
Olvidarás quién eres.
Olvidarás al otro que dejaste.
Olvidarás quién fuiste en las tierras
Que te dieron sus tardes y sus mañanas
Y a las que no darás tu nostalgia.
Olvidarás la lengua de tus padres y aprenderás la lengua del Paraíso.
Seras un israelí, seras un soldado.
Edificaras la patria con ciénagas; la levantarás con desiertos.
Trabajara contigo tu hermano, cuya cara no has visto nunca.
Una sola cosa te prometemos:
Un puesto en la batalla.


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