Excerpt from Before Night Falls by Reinaldo Arenas
I could not live too far from the sea. Every morning when I woke up, I would go by my little balcony to look at the blue scintillating expanse reaching to infinity, at the lavishness of that extraordinary glittering water. I could not feel despair when facing such beauty and vitality. Sometimes I would get up at night to look at the sea. If the night was dark, the thundering of the surf would comfort me; it was the best company I ever had, then and always.