El monólogo / José Antonio Ramos Sucre

The Monologue

     The knight of the disorderly thoughts registers the sea. He leans back on a perennial rock. He drops from his hand onto the floor the hat and the sword.

     A feudal bird, of ashen livery, dominates the desert air. How many battles were fought within view of the towers!

     The knight discovers the image of his life in the solitude of the haughty bird. Does he not succumb in bitterness and refuse society since the abduction of his beloved, on the day of an incursion by the infidels?

     The knight thinks of redeeming her and trusts in the mercy of a happy fate, lavished in contemporary reality. He has ruined himself with misfortune and wanders amidst the lucubrations of an evaporated understanding.

     He invents, amid sighs and smiles, the end of his inquietude. The accidents of his fortune and the imaginary unraveling are found in more than one pilgrim fable for children, recited in a vespertine phase.

El cielo de esmalte (1929)

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

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