MESOAMERICAN KEYSTONES:

A Contribution of the Fasting Coyote

One of our great Aztec Speakers, the Tlatoani Nezahuacoyotl – Fasting Coyote – left Earth, gratefully, prior to the coming of Columbus and Cortez. As a “King,” the word the Conquerors offer, Nezahuacoyotl left much evidence of our Toltec heritage. When the Spanish invaded every “written” thing we had, he is noted both as a significant historical figure and an early Mesoamerican Poet. Here is an early poem with thoughts to the purpose of life, in three languages. Just something we’d show if you came to the house.  

ZE ILNAMIKIZ NINEZKAYO

Ika tlen niyazki?
Amitla ni ten yotiliu tlakuitlapan tlaipan?
Kenim ki chiua no yolohtzin?
Azeh motopalli tiulah nemliliz?
In kueponiz tlalipan?
Ti nezakayotitiuh xochimeh,
Ti nezakayotitiuh kuikameh.

UN RECUERDO QUE DEJO

¿Con que he de irme?
¿Nada dejaré en pos de mis sobre la tierra?
Como ha de actuar mi corazón
¿Acaso en vano venimos a vivir?
¿A brotar sobre la tierra?
Dejemos al menos flores,
Dejemos al menos cantos.

A MEMORY THAT I LEAVE

With what shall I go?
Shall I leave naught in my place over this earth?
How shall my heart act?
Did we come to live in vain?
To grow on this earth?
We leave at least flowers,
We leave at least songs.

MAKE ART

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