Drowsy Night

‘Again the fog was bedding down over San Gabriel. On the blue mountains the sun was still shining. An earthen smut covered the town. Darkness came after. The lights were not switched on that night as a mark of mourning because Don Justo owned the electricity. The dogs kept howling till dawn. Candles brightened the stained-glass windows of the church as they vigiled the deceased. Women’s voices chanted in the drowsy night in falsetto Come out, come here, come in, soul of Purgatory. And the bells were knelling the whole night through until dawn, until interrupted for the morning call to prayer.’

from El Llano in Flames by Juan Rulfo

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.