Trees have a secret life|that is only revealed
I do not remember|when I was born.
But, when I was three|months old,
my mother returned|to my grandparents' home
with me as the proof|of her failure.
The splendor of my childhood|was unique,
out in the open,
surrounded by trees,|animals, and people
who were indifferent|toward me.
Nio, aprate con esa agua,|Dios mo!
Mira que hay que esperar|en esta casa!
who were all bossed around|by my grandmother,
the heart of the house,
and talked to God|at the same time.
She had only known one man,|my father,
and had enjoyed the pleasures|of love for only a few months
and then, gave that all up|for the rest of her life,
Her chastity was worse|than that of a virgin.
Hijo de puta!
Vete de aqu!
Hijo de puta!
The most extraordinary|event of my childhood
was provided by the heavens.
Water rushed down gutters,
reverberating over|the zinc roof like gunfire
a massive army marching|across the trees,
overflowing, cascading,|thundering into barrels,
a concert of drums,
water falling on water,
drenched and whistling|and out of control,
Trees, stones,|animals, houses.
It was the mystery|of destruction.
The law of life.
As I saw it,
the currents were|roaring my name.
Flowers have|reproductive organs.
Class, can anyone|tell us what the male
reproductive organ is called?
A dick.|A long, skinny dick.
Don't ask her where|she comes from.
Can't you see she|is from the garden
and the most beautiful|flower of them all?
Buenas tardes,|con permiso.
Seor Fuentes, I didn't mean|to disturb your dinner.
What did he do?
No, he didn't do|anything wrong.
I came here to tell you that|Reinaldo has a special gift.
What special gift?
He has a sensitivity|for poetry.
After that, my grandfather|sold the farm
and moved the family|to Holgun,
opened a grocery store,
and refused to speak|to any of us.
Holgun was a town|of 200,000 people
and one garbage truck.
The rebels are in Velasco.
We can walk it in a day.
We'll leave tonight.
You think you can|do it with her?
My name is Reinaldo.|What is yours?
- Would you like to dance?|- Cmo no.
Qu t quieres?|T eres muy nio.
Incorprate a la lucha.
Radio Rebelde, transmitiendo|desde las montaas de Oriente,
desde la Sierra Maestra,
territorio libre de Cuba.
Aqu Radio Rebelde.
Where are you going, kid?
- Up the road.|- Up the road where?
Velasco?|You are not from Velasco.
I am from Velasco.|Why do you go to Velasco for?
Ah, the rebels|are in Velasco.
You going to join|the rebels?
Your mam know you are|going to join the rebels?
Where she is?
She's in Miami, working.
Would you like to see?
It's upside down.
You want to hit things?
Sometimes I like|to hit things.
My mother, she has|a store in Velasco.
Before that it was my|grandmother's store,
and before that,|it was her mother's store.
I have six brothers.
They all want|to join the rebels.
I'm the middle one,|I don't join the rebels.
Get that for me.
The rebels are no more|in Velasco.
Go on, get off.
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