Capturing The Moment — Flowers On The Border   Leave a comment

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The Flower Tree

Begin the song in pleasure,
singer, enjoy,
give pleasure to all,
even to Life Giver.
Yyeo ayahui ohuaya.)

Delight, for Life Giver adorns us.
All the flower bracelets,
your flowers, are dancing.

Our songs are strewn
in this jewel house,
this golden house.

The Flower Tree
grow and shakes,
already it scatters.

The quetzal breathes honey,
 the golden quéchol breathes honey.
Ohuaya ohuaya.

You have transformed
into a Flower Tree,
you have emerged,
you bend and scatter.

You have appeared
before God’s face
as multi-colored flowers.
Ohuaya ohuaya.

Live here on earth, blossom!
As you move and shake,
 flowers fall.

My flowers are eternal,
my songs are forever:
I raise them: I, a singer.

I scatter them,
I spill them,
the flowers become gold:
they are carried inside t
he golden place.
Ohuaya ohuyaya.

Flowers of raven,
flowers you scatter,
you let them fall
in the house of flowers.
Ohuaya ohuyaya.

Ah, yes: I am happy,
I prince NezahualCóyotl,
gathering jewels,
wide plumes of quetzal,

I contemplate
the faces of jades:
they are the princes!

I gaze into the faces
of Eagles and Jaguars,
and behold the faces
of jades and jewels!
Ohuaya ohuyaya.

We will pass away. I
, NezahualCóyotl, say, Enjoy!
Do we really live on earth?
Ohuaya ohuaya!

Not forever on earth,
only a brief time here!

Even jades fracture;
even gold ruptures,
even quetzal plumes tear:

Not forever on earth:
only a brief time here!
Ohuaya ohuaya!

— from The Flower Songs of Hungry Coyote, translations by John Curl

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