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"Yakumama #3" 2004. Acrílico sobre lino. 196 x 196 cms.

fotografía: Jaime Chávez 2013

Black  Mirror

 

As the Sun sets on the Ucayali river, I see my

 

reflection on its dark rippled surface. Suddenly,

 

this view is broken by the undulating curves of

 

an anaconda making its way into the depths.

 

Its wet scales, glistering in the Sun's last rays,

 

thrust and plunge, shattering the water's black

 

mirror into fleeting golden cracks. The creeping

 

muddy river soon covers over the late afternoon

 

tint. Feint solar reflections unravel in the dark water

 

like a golden serpent unwinding from its black mate.

 

Eduardo Villanes 2001