Something surprising has happened recently. The poet has won the Spanish Got Talent television competition. César Brandon, 24, has managed to conquer the audience with just his words. No boasting. Just poetry. Alone on the big stage, in front of hundreds of people, he conquered their hearts with his words. No singing or gesturing, just reciting his poems.
César’s life has not been easy or unhindered. He was born in Equatorial Guinea and moved to Spain seven years ago. If writing poems is a skill for a few, Imagine how difficult it is in a foreign language. While he obviously doesn’t lack that skill, we know that without effort, hard work, hope, and perseverance, success is usually not possible.
Poetry from scratch
César has made himself known to the general public with a poem called “The Poetry of Zero” . In it, he tells the story of how zero finds one and they are very happy together. That’s until he ends up leaving one for minus one. A metaphor for numbers about true love. For love that doesn’t always last.
With humor and nimble language, César tells the story and adventure of two issues. But it is far from a senseless and empty poem. Poetry with all its metaphors always gives us a lot to think about. It makes us see different interpretations, possibly far from what the poet had thought, but very relevant to ourselves. We find an example of this at the end of the poem. “He started the count, up to the number he was afraid of, infinite maybe or maybe number two.” How close are our fears to us?
Moon and earth
Then in a more dramatic tone, Cesar again amazed the audience by telling the story of two other lovers. This time they were very shy. Earth and Moon. In this wonderful poem, César describes hypothetical strikes that the earth might try to conquer the Moon. For example, “On Earth, we were all citizens of a place called the first world because the second meant little to us and the third was still in the development stage”.
The poem is full of social criticism. Verses like “refugees are not made up of opinions on the internet” greatly affect the listener. Life is not easy. As César says, “Two people fight, even if one doesn’t want to and neither does the other. One thinks that two is not enough, and seeks three and those four try to be happy. The problem multiplies and four end up calling 016 (the social security phone number in Spain) ”.
The last poem in which he won the competition had a more subdued tone. The poem, as the name suggests, was dedicated to his mother. In it, he compares him to predefined Microsoft Word parameters. She wants her mother not to have a “Calibri body, size 11 and a single point line spacing”. He wants him to be “straight, double-spaced and Times New Roman”.
César, who regrets his youth, emphasizes his mother’s teachings that he could not appreciate them at the time. He does not underestimate the father figure either and says they are “all those whose dreams are too small for them, they only need a little sleep to fulfill them”. In this poem, he gives us a decent lesson about humanity.
César’s victory marks a landmark for lovers of reading and writing. He has made it possible for something as priceless as poetry to be on everyone’s lips. All this in a country that, on average, reads less than one book a year. Where the majority of the population has no culture or respect of any kind. Where ridiculous things are valued more than skill and work. In that country, César Brandon has been able to fulfill one of his dreams. While he is undoubtedly very grateful, we should also be grateful because he has reminded us that we still don’t know how to dream.
Poetry is also psychology. Adapting Eduardo Galeano : “Scientists say we are made of atoms; the little bird told me we were made of stories ”. People are stories, stories that can be told in many ways. That is why diversity, multiculturalism and open-mindedness are so important. The larger our vocabulary, the more beautiful our history will be. Behind the opportunities is a wonderful talent.