April 2013

Templo de la Serpiente Bicéfala

Tikal, en Itza,
Es Lugar de las voces,
Templos sagrados

De los jaguares—
Un canto espiritual
Que aúlla en

Verdes llanuras,
Alcanzando el cielo—
Ritos de luna.

Cuarto creciente,
Cielo anaranjado,
Vigila el sol:

Ciñe la lluvia,
Engendra y florece
Un río azul.

—Claudia D. Hernández

Temple of the Two-headed Serpent

Tikal, in Itza,
Is Place of the Voices,
Sacred temples of

The jaguars—
A spiritual mantra
That howls within

The green pastures,
Reaching the firmament—
Lunar rituals.

Fourth quarter,
Orange skyline,
Vigil to the sun:

Embracing the rainfall,
Creating a flourishing,
Azure river.

—English translation by José Hernández Díaz

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