La heroína / José Antonio Ramos Sucre

The Heroine

     The hunter has been able to steal himself away from the suspicion of the combatants.

     He leaves the city established on the plain, above the two opulent margins of a single river, trusting its towers and the advantages of its jewel and tapestry commerce. The women wear versicolor quilting and display the image of the moon’s arc on their cylindrical tiaras.

     The hunter solicits, for his beloved, news of the war’s course. Electra has met with the most generous among her Trojan commanders. Hector was traveling in company of his wife and assiduously following her litter, imposed on the shoulders of content porters. The hero was riding a black horse, from the infernal lineage, a present from a pale numen, oppressor of nostalgic shades.

     The hunter once brought the report of the city’s assault and referred to the massacre of its youth, as they lay unarmed in the abandonment of sleep.

     The fire releases, for entire weeks and from a long distance, its blackened embers.

     Electra never consoled herself from the fall of Troy.

Las formas del fuego (1929)

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

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