Memórias de um leitor de “velsos”


Das memórias de Arnaldo de Lima, menino da rua do Arame.



O menino cutucou o outro que ainda estava meio dormindo: — É os velsos, vamo lá? Saíram em disparada a mãe reclamando e chamando para o chibéu. Nada. Na casinha debruçada na calçada, desbotada de azul, verde, amarelo e tantas camadas de tintas sobrepostas, janela de três bandinhas, o povo reunido. Varandinha, quase sala onde todos se apertavam escorrendo pela calçada. Era assim todos os domingos pelas oito, nove na rua do Cruzeiro.       – Quem é você, cavalheiro? – Moleque, eu sou cangaceiro: Lampião lhe respondeu. No centro da varanda,  Arnaldo, nove anos, a voz ritmada de menino espigado lia o cordel. A assistência, calada e os olhos pregados no menino e um resto de vento trazendo a maresia dos aterros de sal para dentro das casas.   João Carapebas, um monte de filhos fazia a feira aos domingos e trazia aquela ruma de cordéis no bolso da calça, amarrotados.   – Severo! Gritava na porta da casa do vizinho. – Arnaldo pode?   – O que é! Respondia Severo lá do quarto, cansado, aborrecido.  – É João! João Carapebas! É os velsos!   Severo sorria feliz na sua rede.   – Ele vai! É certo! E logo depois Arnaldo estava lá lendo os velsos.   Na casa de  João Carapebas ninguém lia. O mais novo, dez anos, sempre ficava grudado em Arnaldo. Queria ler como Arnaldo.         – Você só serve para quebrar sal como seu pai! A professora matava suas esperanças. Conseguiria! Ah! Sim! Conseguiria. Arnaldo prometera-lhe ajudar.  No meio da sala, na mesinha, uma cuia de doces. Geléia de mocotó, rapadura, doce de coco. Arnaldo lia e de quando em quando comia um sob olhares ansiosos querendo saber como Lampião enganou o cão.  No outro domingo Arnaldo foi ler na porta do quarto do caçula, doente numa rede sem poder levantar.   Arnaldo recitou:  –Pensou pela vaidade/E disse a Evangelista/Meu mano eu tenho vontade.   O doentinho encolhido na rede olhou para Arnaldo com admiração.   Arnaldo falou:  — Você vai aprender. Vai ler como eu.     O menino olhando esperançoso para Arnaldo viu descer na sua rede um pavão com o leque aberto colorido muito mais bonito que aquele da Fazenda Mulungú, que vira no dia que seu pai foi pedir as contas e avisar que estava mudando para Macau, para ficar de vez, com o sal e com o mais que desse para viver, como disse seu pai para o fazendeiro.   O menino teve um estertor, tremeu e sorriu para todos.

Foto de autor não ident. década 50, Salina Julião, arq. Professora Anaíde Dantas

O povo todo da casa viu quando o  menino se agarrou nas asas coloridas do  pavão que saiu voando pela janela estreita. Quando saíram do sombreado da tamarineira, o sol resplandeceu e o  menino ficou olhando as pequeninas pirâmides de sal da Salina Julião. Uma ruma de “emes” e de “vês” emborcados. Era isso.

De Claudio Guerra para o baú de Macau


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