The Last Supper
Cathedral of Cusco
to the Chiaroscurists of San Blas
to the Anonymous One of Maras
to the Master of Taray
a little something
I have to say:
came from my own hands: I alone
painted, prepared, set forth the Sacred Meal
the cunning Indian painter – the Anonymous One of the Cathedral –
in a flight of ecstasy
added from his own stores
hearty stews and the fruits of his harvest:
in place of
the traditional bread – flat and unleavened --
he set upon on the paschal table
roasted cuy, stuffed spicy peppers
as if the Upper Room were not in the Holy Land
but more likely
in cozy tavern in Cusco, let’s say
Maras/A small Andean town in what is now known as the Sacred Valley of Peru. Before the Spanish conquest, this region was the center of the Inca civilization.
Taray/A village in the Sacred Valley of Peru.
Cuy/Guinea pig, a staple of the Andean diet.
Chola/An affectionate name for an indigenous Andean girl or woman.
Translated by Lynn Levin