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A Testament of the Will

By: Bryan Ricardo Marini Quintana

(Vincent van Gogh, The Yellow Books, 1887)

I am
I am stories
I am consciousness

A fabrication of Time and Space
A manifestation of Testimony and Will

With their words I materialize
With their ideas I cement

I am their questions and answers
I am vain aspirations and hopeful dreams

Through me philosophies and theories are discussed
Through me tales and fables are recounted
Through me joys and sorrows are remembered
Through me hatred and love are expressed

I am Time and Space
I am the Ticking Clock
I am the Corroding Stone

Transporting them to the past and future
Transporting them to the confines of earth and vastness of space

I am the Voice
I am a Tangible Figure
I am a Phantom Figure

Through which objects feel
Through which animals talk
Through which humans ponder

I am
I am the Testament of Humanity
I am the Will of Humanity

With their emotions liberated
With their creativity explored
With their thoughts recorded
With their memory safeguarded

They call me History
They call me Literature
They call me Philosophy

I am
I am their Testament of Existence
I am their Will to Live

I am their escape from death
Avoiding swift forgetfulness

I am their key to immortality
Indulging perpetual remembrance