Altamira

From Vanishing acts, Ranjit Hoskoté.

Altamira

altamira

Morning wells like blood

in the stag’s hollow eye.

That horned fleece in yours, prietess;

this stone axe, mine.

i won’t wear my minotaur mask again.

I’ve spent the night carving

this ring of bone for you:

print your palm in vermilion

on this rock-face and today

spouts of fire will drive the bellowing wind

mad. your name swells

in my mouth. Stop me

with the bloodrush of your hair,

the long ripple of your spine.


Altamira (from wikipedia)

The Cave of Altamira (Spanish: Cueva de Altamira; pronounced [ˈku̯e.βa ðe al.ta.ˈmi.ɾa]) located near the historic town Santillana del Mar in Cantabria, Spain, is renowned for its numerous parietal cave paintings featuring charcoal drawings and polychrome paintings of contemporary local fauna and human hands, created during the Upper Paleolithic. The earliest paintings in the cave were executed around 35,600 years ago.



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