Eduardo Galeano

'The Book of Embraces'     


The Function of Art / 1

Diego had never seen the sea.His father, Santiago Kovadloff,
  took him to discover it.
    They went south.
    The ocean lay beyond high sand dunes, waiting.
    When the child and his father finally reached the dunes
  after much walking, the ocean exploded before their eyes.
    And so immense was the sea and its sparkle that the child
  was struck dumb by the beauty of it.
    And when he finally managed to speak, trembling, stuttering,
  he asked his father:
    "Help me to see!"


                                        

The Book of Embraces, E. Galeano, W. W. Norton Co. N.Y., London, 1989 (p. 17)