Rúnica / José Antonio Ramos Sucre


The immoderate king was born of the love between his mother and the sea monster. His voice stops, near the beach, an orca nourished by the tribute of a hundred maidens.
     He abandons himself, at night, to the frenzy of intoxication and his loyalists play at wounding themselves with sharpened swords, with the dart used for hunting wild boars, that hangs from the belts of the epic statues.
     The incontinent king becomes impassioned with a girl accustomed to the severity of poverty and hidden in her stone cabin. She would adorn herself with flowers from the rough-maned thicket.
     The girl is associated to the orgiastic life. A courtier adds an accusation to his habitual mirth. The king interrupts the feast and condemns her to die under the tumult of some black horses.
     The victim sleeps under the damp moss.

Las formas del fuego (1929)

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

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