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The extermination arrived and I saw the eyes of disorder.

I was running in the thunder of the heart

That’s how the extermination arrived

I saw a woman in a river of coffins

from a bank of centuries.

I was indestructible

like a palm tree in the light.




[From Retumba como un sótano del cielo (Rumblings like a cellar from the sky), 1977, by Vecente Gerbasi ((June 2, 1913 in Canaobo, Carabobo - December 28, 1992, Caracas). Translated by Ron Rodriguez, 2009.]