Penelope - And/Or Having Helene Ruiz In Mind by Danilo Lejardi

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I guess most of you probably know or have read about Penelope, the faithful wife of Odysseus, who keeps her suitors at bay in his long absence, and that her name has always been associated with faithfulness. And Time.
Well, I decided to recreate this character once more by thinking of Helene Ruiz. Why? Well, because you probably know that one of the recurrent elements in her works is Time _ if it´s not her main theme. Just take a look at her gallery.
So this is my very personal tribute to one of the greatest artists in town.
This is also a tribute to one of my favorite Spanish singer/composers of all times: Joan Manuel Serrat. One of his most known musical compositions is Penelope, precisely; the story of a woman who spent all her life waiting her lover to come back. Though in this case, her lover returned, but he was so old that she couldn´t recognize him, and then she forever continued to wait for the love of her youth.

Here is a videoclip of singer Diego Torres singing Serrat´s Penelope.
Here are the lyrics of Serrat´s Penelope ( In Spanish):

Con su bolso de piel marrón,
Sus zapatos de tacón
Y su vestido de domingo.

Se sienta en un banco en el andén
Y espera a que llegue el primer tren
Meneando el abanico.

Dicen en el pueblo
Que un caminante paró
Su reloj una tarde de primavera.

Adiós, amor mio,
No me llores, volveré
Antes que de los sauces
Caigan las hojas

Piensa en mi, volveré por ti

Pobre infeliz,
Se paró tu reloj infantil
Una tarde plomiza de abril
Cuando se fue tu amante.

Se marchitó
En tu huerto hasta la ultima flor,
No hay un sauce en la Calle Mayor
Para Penélope.

Tristes a fuerza de esperar
Sus ojos parecen brillar
Si un tren silba a lo lejos.

Uno tras otro los ve pasar
Mira sus caras, los oye hablar,
Para ella son muñecos.

Dicen en el pueblo
Que el caminante volvió.
La encontró
En su banco de pino verde.

La llamó,
“Penélope, mi amante fiel, mi paz
Deja ya de tejer sueños en tu mente.

Mirame, soy tu amor,

Le sonrió
Con los ojos llenitos de ayer
No era asi su cara ni su piel,
“Tu no eres quien yo espero.”

Y se quedó
Con su bolso de piel marrón,
Y sus zapatitos de tacón
Sentada en la estación."

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© Danilo Lejardi

Film & TV Director, Screenwriter, Professor.
Major in Art History
Distinction for the National Culture of the Republic of Cuba

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  • jenseyes
    jenseyesover 5 years ago


  • Thanks a lot!

    – Danilo Lejardi

  • Carolyn Cable
    Carolyn Cableover 5 years ago

    Very cool!

  • Oh, Carolyn; Im glad you liked it, thanks!

    – Danilo Lejardi

  • TeriLee
    TeriLeeover 5 years ago

    This is so amazing and beyond the words I can find to describe how much I love this….Danilo….you are truly talented, one of my faves of RB….your tribute…to this.. …ohhhh the talent of Helene Ruiz has been an admiration of mine from almost my first day on this sight…much like you, she never fails to amazing and dazzle….I am smiling soooo big!!! This is an alsolute FAVE!!!!!

  • Yes, my friend, i agree with you, she has been an inspiration to a lot of us; I´m so glad you´ve liked this one. Thanks.

    – Danilo Lejardi

  • Sally Omar
    Sally Omarover 5 years ago

    FOR ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! xoxoxoxo

  • Hi, Sally, thanks a lot!

    – Danilo Lejardi

  • helene
    heleneover 5 years ago

    Brilliant work danilo

  • Wow, Helene, I appreciate a lot your comment; thanks!!!

    – Danilo Lejardi

  • Leda D
    Leda Dover 5 years ago

    this is so awesome!

  • Thanks a lot!

    – Danilo Lejardi

  • Shanina Conway
    Shanina Conwayover 5 years ago

    Beautiful work Danilo, and such a sad story…

  • Hi, Shanina, thanks a lot!

    – Danilo Lejardi

  • Danica Radman
    Danica Radmanover 5 years ago

    fantastic inspiration deliverd great work, congratulation Danilo

  • Such kind words, thanks!

    – Danilo Lejardi

  • Michael Beers
    Michael Beersover 5 years ago


  • Oh, Michael; thanks friend!

    – Danilo Lejardi

  • banrai
    banraiover 5 years ago


  • Your comment is much appreciated; thanks a lot!

    – Danilo Lejardi

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