Che fece …. il gran rifiuto

For some people the day comes

when they have to declare the great Yes

or the great No. It’s clear at once who has the Yes

ready within him; and saying it,

he goes from honor to honor, strong in his conviction.

He who refuses does not repent. Asked again,

he’d still say no. Yet that no -the right no-

drags him down all his life.

Constantine P. Cavafy (1863-1933)

La versión en español.

A ciertos hombres les llega el día

en que tienen que decir el gran Sí

o el gran No. Se ve inmediatamente quién lleva

por dentro el Sí dispuesto, y, al decirlo,

avanza por el camino del honor, fuerte en sus convicciones.

El que niega no se arrepiente. Si lo interrogaran de nuevo,

volvería a decir No. Y, sin embargo, lo aplasta

ese No -tan justo- durante todo el resto de su vida.

(The problem here is one of translation. I wish for Apollo I knew Greek. But there you are: It´s the moment for a great question).

My personal problem is that I´ve spent most of my life saying NO when it comes to questions of power… I feel that is the main problem with flower eaters!

So now we have to say YEAH. But Venezuela is a country of lotus-eaters! We will easily say NAY to Power… But will we say Yeah to Power?

Too confused for me to say yeah this time and yet I will…

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