el dinosaurio

This belongs to Liz.

I stumbled across these words in an undergrad course and fell in love with the world’s shortest story, “El dinosaurio.” Now that I teach Spanish in inner city Philadelphia, the words mean even more. We each experience the process of awakening in a different way, and inevitably during those moments, there is a “dinosaur” that remains. That “dinosaur” can be, and has been, many different things, good and bad.

The font is Monotype Corsiva, altered a bit by the artist, Chris Adamek.

Literary Tattoos: El dinosaurio Augusto Monterroso

Cuando despertó, el dinosaurio todavía estaba allí.

(“When [s]he awoke, the dinosaur was still there.”)

- “El dinosaurio” by Augusto Monterroso, published in his Obras completas (y otros cuentos) (English edition)