Man on Wire

by manuel margarido

“When I see three oranges, I juggle; when I see two towers, I walk.” – Philippe Petit

Life should be lived on the edge“, diz Philippe Petit, no documentário Man on Wire, que relata a aventura sem paralelo deste homem. Atravessar sobre o arame o abismo que separava as Twin Towers. Foi o que fez, em 7 de Agosto de 1974. Uma única pergunta vale a pena colocar, depois de ver o emocionante documentário (vencedor do Oscar de 2009 para a categoria).

Porquê?

A resposta a esta pergunta não existe. Ao contrário dos montanhistas, Petit arriscou incrivelmente a vida porque concebeu o abismo e enunciou a sua possibilidade.

[Em baixo, o trailer do documentário, e a letra de “Bird on a Wire“, de Leonard Cohen. Quem sabe se a motivação de Petit não se encontra inscrita, oblíqua, nas palavras de Cohen?]

Bird On The Wire

Like a bird on the wire,

Like a drunk in a midnight choir

I have tried in my way to be free.

Like a worm on a hook,

Like a knight from some old fashioned book

I have saved all my ribbons for thee.

If i, if I have been unkind,

I hope that you can just let it go by.

If i, if I have been untrue

I hope you know it was never to you.

Like a baby, stillborn,

Like a beast with his horn

I have torn everyone who reached out for me.

But I swear by this song

And by all that I have done wrong

I will make it all up to thee.

I saw a beggar leaning on his wooden crutch,

He said to me, you must not ask for so much.

And a pretty woman leaning in her darkened door,

She cried to me, hey, why not ask for more?


Oh like a bird on the wire,

Like a drunk in a midnight choir

I have tried in my way to be free.

Leonard Cohen