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ELEVATOR POEM

James Messiah wrote this beautiful urban poem for an Otis Elevator Company video and his voice is the one we listen at when we wach it. He is the one who appears in the elevator a the end of the video when the elevator doors get shut.

We think it is worth it that the whole audience of this video could understand the meaning of this poem. For that reason we here transcribe the text both in spanish and english.

Translation made by Claudia Schwarcz

Otis Made to move you

This is made to move you.
From where you are to where you could be.
From the present to the next phase.
An opportunity, what could be.
A chance for you to see,
and a moment to reflect.
A pause before you leap.
Moving up, the moving out.
The space to leave your doubts
before you step into your fate.
Maybe this could be the first time
that you see your future’s face.
While feeling safe within,
all the motors start to spin.
All the pulleys hard at work
as you push the button in.
What loose begins to bloom
The new star, the new you.
Not quite ready to grow,
but take comfort and be bold.
Joy is on another floor.
Joy is just beyond the door.
The thing that troubled you before
shall be of consequence no more.
So wear your bravest face and face your feelings.
Chance has brought her here
and these next 40 seconds
could turn into 40 years.
This lift with all its stories,
all its people, all their days
A box that even houses in it
some flowers for a date.
In this carriage for discovery
you’re safe and it’s the place
where dreams become reality.
Today could be the day
Esto está hecho para moverte.
Desde donde estás, hacia donde podrías estar.
Desde el presente hasta la próxima etapa.
Una oportunidad. Lo que podría ser.
La ocasión para ver,
y un momento para reflexionar.
Una pausa antes del salto.
Un ascenso, la mudanza.
Un espacio donde dejar tus dudas
antes de entrar a tu destino.
Tal vez sea la primera vez
que veas el rostro de tu futuro.
Sintiéndote dentro seguro,
los motores comienzan a girar.
Las poleas se esfuerzan
al pulsar el botón;
Lo difuso empieza a brillar.
La nueva estrella, vos, un nuevo ser.
No estás muy dispuesto a crecer,
pero no temas, sé audaz.
La alegría está en otro piso.
La alegría está detrás de la puerta.
Lo que antes te consternaba
no tendrá más importancia.
Luce tu mejor semblante, hazle frente a lo que sientes.
El azar la trajo aquí,
y los próximos 40 segundos
pueden tornarse 40 años.
Este ascensor con todas sus historias,
toda su gente, todos sus días.
Esta caja que hasta alberga
las flores para una cita.
En este carruaje de hallazgos,
estás a salvo. Es el lugar
donde los sueños se hacen realidad.
Hoy puede ser ese día.

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