La venganza del dios / José Antonio Ramos Sucre

The Vengeance of the God

     The excess of the inhabitants marred the fame of that pleasant land, dressed in flowers, broken by wild fountains, loved by the gauzy cloud and the paternal sun. It had a weird stone’s name and the sea as tributary in pearls.
     The God watched over the men’s crimes in the undeserving country, and hoped for the birth of a messenger of health and concordance, far from them, in the most umbrous jungle. He is born one night from the breast of a flower, by the lightning flash that paints a luminous stigma on his face. He’s raised under the care of the birds and the trees and by the kindness of the beasts.
     Those men receive the mission of virtue with daring actions and excesses and they pay the envoy with a trance of ignominious death. The God punishes them making the wealth of the land they sully bigger. He nourishes it with fatal treasures that are the unfolding of the sleeplessness of greed, who divide the people into angered bands of rich and poor. The new gifts infest with vengeful hatreds and populate with expiatory bones.

La torre de Timón (1925)

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

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