Songs from the second floor & César Vallejo

Posted on December 19, 2015 by

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(Photo: ”Songs from the second floor”)

 

I found this poem via Roy Andersson‘s perfect dark comedy movie ”Songs from the second floor” (2000). The motto of the movie is a line from the poem: ”Beloved be the ones who sit down.”. This is a part of a trilogy exploring human nature and its possible evolution, its questions, its absurdity. I found a photo for each line, so you will read and see César Vallejo‘s poem. Every scene in this movie is so perfect that it seems like it was made by a photographer, that certain harmony given by every small element being arranged in its perfect place. I plan to see it again because I am sure that I did not get some of the symbolism.
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Beloved be the unknown man and his wife.

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(Photo: Unknown man during the Great Depression, c. 1932, photographer unknown.)

 

My fellow man with sleeves, neck and eyes!

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Photo: Frank Oscar Larson
Beloved be the one who sleeps on his back.

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Photo: Raghu Rai
The one who wears a torn shoe in the rain.

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Photo: Timothy Clary
Beloved be the bald man without hat.

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Photo: “Bald Child Mourning His Father, Benares, India, 1989.”Credit:Mary Ellen Mark, from “Man and Beast”

 

The one who catches a finger in a door.
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Image: from the movie “Psycho” by Alfred Hitchcock

 

Beloved be the one who sweats out of pain or out of shame.

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Photo: Blaine Mayo
The one who pays with what he does not have…

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Photo: Helen Carmina Photography, c section baby

 

Beloved be the ones who sit down.

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(Photo: ”Songs from the second floor”)

Beloved be the one who works by the day, by the month, by the hour.

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Image of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, author unknown
Beloved be the one who sweats out of pain or out of shame.

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Photo: Alex Stoddard, ”Shame in a godless world”
The person who goes, at the order of his hands, to the movies.

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The one who pays with what he does not have…

 

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Photo: The Pulitzer Prize-winning “Napalm Girl”, by Nick Ut

 

The one who sleeps on his back.

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Photo: Ayush Ranka, Criminalizing Poverty
The one who no longer remembers his childhood.

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Photo: Lee Jeffries
Beloved be the one who sits down.

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Photo: ”Songs from the second floor

 

Beloved be the just man without thorns.

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Photo: Ragu Maniraju
The bald man without hat.

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Photo credits.
The thief without roses.

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Photo credits: Emily Guest
The one who wears a watch and has seen God.

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Photo: http://www.bethratzlaff.com
The one who has honor and does not die!

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Victorian photography, author unknown

 
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Full poem:
Stumble Between Two Stars

by Cesar Vallejo

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Beloved be the unknown man and his wife.
My fellow man with sleeves, neck and eyes!
Beloved be the one who sleeps on his back.
The one who wears a torn shoe in the rain.
Beloved be the bald man without hat.
The one who catches a finger in a door.
Beloved be the one who sweats out of pain or out of shame.
The one who pays with what he does not have…
Beloved be the ones who sit down.
Beloved be the one who works by the day, by the month, by the hour.
Beloved be the one who sweats out of pain or out of shame.
The person who goes, at the order of his hands, to the movies.
The one who pays with what he does not have…
The one who sleeps on his back.
The one who no longer remembers his childhood.
Beloved be the one who sits down.
Beloved be the just man without thorns.
The bald man without hat.
The thief without roses.
The one who wears a watch and has seen God.
The one who has honor and does not die!

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