Viva (Alive) Song and Poem by Manuel Bustos

Viva by Manuel Bustos

Un día después
de el beso final,
que puedo decirte nena,
nada esta muy claro.
Un día después
la lluvia pasó,
tenemos un día de sol,
hay revolución dentro mío.
y ha de ser refugio para mi,
tu risa y el olor de tu piel desnuda.
Puedo ver tus ojos desde aquí,
desde esta posición puedo verte viva,
Un día después
el peligro pasó,
pero no mi deseo nena,
voy como un león enjaulado.

Un día de sol,
maldito día de sol,
no quiero saber
si el mundo estalla en mil pedazos.
Y ha de ser…

An after day
of the final kiss
what can I tell you,girl,
nothing is clear pretty much.
An after day
rain passed away
we have a sunny day
inside of me there´s a revolution.
And it will be
a shelter for me
your laugh and scent of your naked skin.
From here I can see your eyes,
from this place(body with body)
I can see you alive…alive.
An after day
danger is gone
but not my desire
I feel like a lion in a cage.

It´s a sunny day
it´s a damn sunny day
I don´t wanna know
if world blows out in thousand pieces.
And it will be
a shelter for me…

Manuel Bustos is an artist, poet and songwriter from Benito Juárez, Buenos Aires, Argentina. He’s also into radio and candle making.
Manuel says:
I wrote that song in 2008 then I went to a friend´s house…showed him and few hours after we recorded it…I´d played everything on that song…with a old guitar that i used to play when I was living in Buenos Aires city…I used to play in the subway everyday…

Art by Manuel Bustos. Songs and lyrics copyright Manuel Bustos. All rights reserved.

Fermium, poem from the “Periodic Table of Poetry” series by Chicago poet Janet Kuypers


Janet Kuypers

from the “Periodic Table of Poetry” series (#100, Fm)
including the poem “Each Half is the Enemy”

When the bulldog ant of Australia
is cut in half,
the halves see each other as enemies.

The head attempts to devour the tail.
And the tail,
in an effort to defend itself,

battles for up to thirty minutes
to sting the head.
And this battle happens everywhere

in the world, because life is always
that battle
between the two halves of the whole.


Because everything contains that twin,
one part good,
and one part you’ve construed into something

so horribly wrong. And you want to tear it apart,
that other half,
you despise everything about it —

everything that somehow is a part
of you.
So you, in life, always possess that battle.


This even applies on a molecular level.
Consider hydrogen:
it’s in our water we drink and bathe in,

and atomically, we’re sixty-seven percent
But on November first nineteen fifty two,

“Ivy Mike” was the code name
for the first
successful test of the hydrogen bomb.

It’s funny how we can take something
so needed for our life
and, like our sun, turn it into something

to destroy everything we know.
Because as I said,
one side gives life, the other kills.


And thanks to “Ivy Mike” and that
hydrogen bomb,
two elements were discovered —

one of them was named after physicist
Enrico Fermi.
You see, Fermi worked on “Chicago Pile-1,”

the first nuclear reactor. Fermi worked
in a space
under Chicago University’s then unused

football stadium bleachers. That’s because
the school
had not used the football stadium

for three years, because the school
thought sports
were a distraction from academics.

Fermi, “the father of the atomic bomb”.
also worked
on the Manhattan project, and Fermilab

outside of Chicago was named after him.
And here’s the kick:
the hydrogen device that produced

Fermium was designed by Richard Garwin,
Enrico Fermi’s student.
So for all that Enrico Fermi had done,

it seems fitting that Fermium is
the heaviest
element formed by the nuclear

bombardment of lighter elements
(like hydrogen).
And this highly radioactive element

was initially kept secret due to the
cold war.
But it’s amazing what we can discover

while taking something we so need
for life,
and turning it into an instrument of death.


Because Fermium was classified
in the cold war,
Swiss scientists bombarding oxygen,

discovering an isotope if it, and wanted
to name it
centurium (to honor element one hundred).

Good thing Fermi’s nuclear work got
declassified, so they
could honor Enrico Fermi with “Fermium”.

But wait, Fermium is bad, it’s radioactive,
there can’t be
any good applications for it…

Well, consider the two sides of any twin:
Fermium’s the only
element that can use it’s alpha particles

in radio therapy for cancer. And yes,
it’s radioactive,
but it’s short half life means it decays

quickly. Because as I said, it’s amazing
how two sides
can be both bad, and also so good.