El alumno de Garcilaso / José Antonio Ramos Sucre

Garcilaso’s Student

The page visits the fountain of the alders, where an affectionate woman, in a distant century, had finished her life crying. He takes off the secure iron-plated armor. He keeps in mind the details of the unhappy case and recites them low-voiced in a romance. He enjoys taking refuge in the secret spot, disposing himself in a single degree, for the trade of arms and the subtlety of art.
     An autumn dusk paints the flower gardens red. A throng of birds has grown from the trees and exhibits the color of the primitive leaf.
     A simple hermit has approached this spot in another time. He came and went on a donkey overburdened by a black figure of the cross. He regaled various orphans of the same age, committed to a distrustful swan, and crowned life with martyrdom.
     The page flourishes a viola, fabricated with acoustic wood from that same place. He pays his tribute to the woman’s grief and to the religious man’s abnegation, decanted by the villagers, and floods the forest in an Argentine serenity.

El cielo de esmalte (1929)

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

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