Tactics and Strategy, by Mario Benedetti


My tactics is to watch you,

to learn how you are,

to love you the way you are.

My tactics is to talk to you

and to listen to you;

to build with words

an indestructible bridge.

My tactics is

to stay in yor memory,

I do not know neither how nor

with which pretext,

but to stay in you.

My tactics is to be frank

and to know that you are frank

and that we do not sell ourselves simulacrums

so that between us both

there is neither curtain nor abysses.

My strategy is, nevertheless,

deeper and simpler.

My strategy is

that any given day,

I do not know neither how nor

with what reason,

at last… you need me