Saudade / José Antonio Ramos Sucre


The girl strolls the shady banks of the Tagus, lamenting the disappearance of the lasses and nymphs celebrated in more than one fable of Portuguese origin. Jorge de Montemayor, the bizarre gentleman, left behind the memory of those sensitive women and their love afflictions in the elegant paragraphs of his Diana, and perished, accused of indiscretion, by the effect of a nocturnal snare, directed from the circumspection of jealousy.
     The engraving of a tense hand on the limestone wall and a cross mark the site of the turpitude.
     The girl discovers, in the bark of an ash tree, the cipher of a fateful name.
     An indolent aura sheds, over the flow of water, the leaves of a nostalgic jungle, at the beginning of the illusory morning.

Las formas del fuego (1929)

{ José Antonio Ramos Sucre, Obra completa, Caracas: Biblioteca Ayacucho, 1989 }

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