El rebelde / José Antonio Ramos Sucre

The Rebel

The Italian engraver works with the arquebus beside him. He deals with the magnates of his century hand in hand and without dissimulation, assuming a superior majesty.
     His passions are not crowned with flowers, adjusting themselves to the image of Plato, quite celebrated in those days, and instead are exalted and stirred in the manner of the epic army of the Amazons.
     The courtesans of a battling king salute him with a gesture of astonishment and stand aside for him along the street. He pours the gifts of his secure art and his independent numen onto the floor and at the foot of the throne. The jewels give off a convulsive light in the dark and reproduce the sea’s capricious vegetation and the chimeras of terror.
     He thinks he is invulnerable and vents his arrogant nature in adventures and quarrels. In this manner he distances the insinuations of love and human affections so as to continue deserving the succor of the salamander and of the flying republic of the sylphs.

El cielo de esmalte (1929)

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

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