La visita / José Antonio Ramos Sucre

The Visit

     The sorcerers of the wasteland were hiding to pass the months of snow in the heart of the mountains. A peasant surprised them over the course of a torpor and died from extinguishing with his breath an onyx lamp, on a stone table, in the fallacious gallery.

     His daughter, attentive to the signs of rain, keeps the younger siblings under her command and persuades them with the threat of the storm. She interrupts the warp of her knitting, solace of the wait, and imagines the case of her progenitor. She distinguishes the imprudent act and the consequences of the funest smoke.

     The souls of the insensible sorcerers wander the neighborhood in the form of gnomes and are presided by Lucifer, dressed in grey.

     The peasant’s daughter demands supernatural assistance and repays it ahead of time, tossing a mouse through the window and into open space, a present by the superstitious for Lucifer.

     The peasant’s children faint upon discovering in their window, shortly afterward, the semblance of a crepuscular bear.

El cielo de esmalte (1929)

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

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