After the sculpture Slave “Atlas”,
by Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564)
The force expanding in the body,
trying to escape the brute state,
makes him move in perpetuity,
a pact with time, unbroken.
The marble deceives and shows a man
emerging unfinished from the stone.
Held still, in the narrow space, the gesture,
and in it, the struggle that goes beyond absence.
The stone is never defeated, and the being never escapes:
a human rhythm, but without laughter and tear –
impenetrable wall, without borders,
delivered to the deepest point, a prison of weight.
Inside the illumination, darkness doesn’t cease:
the knot in the fixed flow is not undone.