gracias a la vida

September 7, 2010 § 3 Comments

Recently, I’ve been feeling pretty blue. My papi, being the wise man that he is, tells me to think about all the wonderful things I have going in my life- a family that loves me, a husband that adores me, a wonderful group friends that support me, and a drive and determination to make art at whatever means possible.

He is right- I am a VERY lucky girl.

Gracias a la vida que me ha dado tanto.
Me dio dos luceros que, cuando los abro,
perfecto distingo lo negro del blanco,
y en el alto cielo su fondo estrellado
y en las multitudes el hombre que yo amo.

Gracias a la vida que me ha dado tanto.
Me ha dado el oído que, en todo su ancho,
graba noche y día grillos y canarios;
martillos, turbinas, ladridos, chubascos,
y la voz tan tierna de mi bien amado.

Gracias a la vida que me ha dado tanto.
Me ha dado el sonido y el abecedario,
con él las palabras que pienso y declaro:
madre, amigo, hermano, y luz alumbrando
la ruta del alma del que estoy amando.

Gracias a la vida que me ha dado tanto.
Me ha dado la marcha de mis pies cansados;
con ellos anduve ciudades y charcos,
playas y desiertos, montañas y llanos,
y la casa tuya, tu calle y tu patio.

Gracias a la vida que me ha dado tanto.
Me dio el corazón que agita su marco
cuando miro el fruto del cerebro humano;
cuando miro el bueno tan lejos del malo,
cuando miro el fondo de tus ojos claros.

Gracias a la vida que me ha dado tanto.
Me ha dado la risa y me ha dado el llanto.
Así yo distingo dicha de quebranto,
los dos materiales que forman mi canto,
y el canto de ustedes que es el mismo canto
y el canto de todos, que es mi propio canto.

Gracias a la vida que me ha dado tanto.

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§ 3 Responses to gracias a la vida

  • kate says:

    I’m there with you, Maya. Just remember that you’re not alone….when you start thinking that, everything looks blue! Or, gray! Or, whatever other color represents sadness (is this what I went to art school for?).

    This video was beautiful….life is pretty wonderful when you think about it.

  • Feliz Rosh Hashana to tu and yours!

    Binyomin Brody and I appear to agree on the news feed tonight: I have neglected personal blogs and burgeoning [JOC] forums and will be spending less time ranting on Pop networks, with a focus on the fb fanny page.

    There’s a Mercedes Sosa-Shakira collaboration that I’ve archived on YT. G-d i corazon them. My hermana’s name is Mercedes [she don’t exhibit Mercy too often, tho=]: http://mercykhan.blogspot.com/

    Yasmin Levy’s rendition of Gracias A La Vida is remarkable as well.

    Looking forward to more Maya Karaoke!

    Was on a Mariachi Karaoke tip for awhile there myself, actually.

    http://www.bahayyosef.com/2010/07/mariachi-karaoke.html

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