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Homero Aridjis - Poeta
Tuesday, October 07, 2014

My Mother's Red Shawl - El Rebozo Colorado
Homero Aridjis - Poeta








La Matanza en el Templo Mayor

El capitán buscaba oro en el templo de dios
Soldados ávidos cerraron las salidas
El que tañía el atabal fue decapitado
Y el dios fue despojado de su ropa de papel
Las espadas tumbaron ídolos y derribaron hombres
Los indios para escapar subían por las paredes
o a punto de morir se hacían los muertos
Sombras recién nacidas en el más allá
partieron degollados hacia el Sol
El capitán buscaba oro en el templo de dios


The Slaughter in the Main Temple

The captain sought gold in the temple of god
Greed soldiers sealed the exits
The drummer was decapitated
The god stripped of his paper clothes
Swords tumbled idols   cut down men
The Indians tried to climb the walls
Or at the point of death played dead
Shades newly born in the far land
Setting out    the throats   slit  toward the sun
The captain sought gold in the temple of god

Homero Aridjis – Eyes to See Otherwise – Ojos de Otro Mirar – Selected poems –Translation George Mc Whirter

In December of 2012 I visited Homero Aridjis in Mexico City. I brought along my mother's red shawl. It struck me that after 1975 that red shawl was home for a visit. Aridjis took me to an old house with a long zaguán (entrance) by the zócalo. The house had been one Aridjis had frequented with his father when he was in a boy visiting the city from their hometown in Contepec in the state of Michoacán. The old structure was just a few yards from the modern excavation of the Templo Mayor of which he writes above. The poem was translated by another red shawl subject George McWhirter

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3/27/16 - 4/3/16

4/3/16 - 4/10/16

4/10/16 - 4/17/16

4/17/16 - 4/24/16

4/24/16 - 5/1/16

5/1/16 - 5/8/16

5/8/16 - 5/15/16

5/15/16 - 5/22/16

5/22/16 - 5/29/16

5/29/16 - 6/5/16

6/5/16 - 6/12/16

6/12/16 - 6/19/16

6/19/16 - 6/26/16

6/26/16 - 7/3/16

7/3/16 - 7/10/16

7/10/16 - 7/17/16

7/17/16 - 7/24/16

7/24/16 - 7/31/16

7/31/16 - 8/7/16

8/7/16 - 8/14/16

8/14/16 - 8/21/16

8/21/16 - 8/28/16

8/28/16 - 9/4/16

9/4/16 - 9/11/16

9/11/16 - 9/18/16

9/18/16 - 9/25/16

9/25/16 - 10/2/16

10/2/16 - 10/9/16

10/9/16 - 10/16/16

10/16/16 - 10/23/16

10/23/16 - 10/30/16

10/30/16 - 11/6/16

11/6/16 - 11/13/16

11/13/16 - 11/20/16

11/20/16 - 11/27/16

11/27/16 - 12/4/16

12/4/16 - 12/11/16

12/11/16 - 12/18/16

12/18/16 - 12/25/16

12/25/16 - 1/1/17

1/1/17 - 1/8/17

1/8/17 - 1/15/17

1/15/17 - 1/22/17

1/22/17 - 1/29/17

1/29/17 - 2/5/17

2/5/17 - 2/12/17

2/12/17 - 2/19/17

2/19/17 - 2/26/17

2/26/17 - 3/5/17

3/5/17 - 3/12/17