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Two poems about HOPE, entry livejournal, both false hope, both Mexicatl

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1.

MESSAGE FROM HERNAN CORTES TO MOCTEZUMA
OCTOBER 1519

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GREAT LORD AND KING OF MEXICO :

Greetings.  I hope you will forgive
my punishing the people of Cholula
but they planned to attack and kill us.

They tried to blame you but I know
you had nothing to do with that .

I have ordered our Tlaxcaltecan friends to
release all their prisoners
and the city is full of its people again.

All is at peace in your province here.

I shall now be coming to visit you and
tell you the things I came to say.
I hope you will understand how important
my message is when I come to you
and sit down with you and
talk with you.

We have heard from your messengers
but do not agree with their
choice of the road to follow.
It appears to have some problems, so we
shall go by another route.

As always I remain your humble servant
Hernán Cortés





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2.




Esperanza


La boca de riego
en esta esquina

parece como un perro pacientemente
esperando en la banqueta con

las orejitas -- válvulas metálicas.

Calle arriba se ubica una
vieja casa atractiva

cuyos hijos eran "amigos" de
los narcoseñores Arellano...

ellos desaparecieron -- el perro aún espera.

 

 

 

 

 

 



Hope

The fire hydrant
on this corner

resembles a dog patiently
waiting on the sidewalk with

metal valves -- little ears.

Up the street sits
an attractive old house

whose children were "friends"
of the drug lords Arellano...

they disappeared -- the dog still waits.

 

 

 

 


 

 

 
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