lunes, 28 de septiembre de 2009

THE OLD MAN AND THE VIOLIN


I am in the train when, suddenly, a thin leak of music coming from a violin awakes me from my inner trip through an Excel sheet. I raise my eyes from the laptop... an old man holds an ancient and battered violin. He also holds the weight of a few decades more than half a Century. He plays something that sounds me like Doctor Zhivago. He plays in a very delicate and low sound mode, what surprises and captures me.

Stirred, I grasp my jacket from the upper shelf, looking for some coins, when he passes by me. But dignity or shyness prevents him from waiting for me to find the coins in the last pocket of the jacket. When I finally find it, he has already gone. Trough the windows I can see him in the platform, under a late afternoon sun, and, in a tired gesture, he lays the violin against a concrete column and picks his purse from the pocket, turning it down on his palm.

His face is suntanned, and his facial features remind me of some people from Mediterranean Balkans, or maybe Middle East.

A great dignity and a hint of grief emanates from him.

I remain, with my coin in my closed hand.