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Translated from the Spanish by Alan Britt
Published: Fri Oct 15 1976
Diego Isaias Hernández Méndez, Convertiendse en Characoteles / Sorcerers Changing into Their Animal Forms (detail), 2013, oil on canvas. Arte Maya Tz’utujil Collection.
The Washerwomen

Translated from the Spanish by Alan Britt_

The river’s washerwomen
hold their breasts of water
like babies enclosed
in round water jugs

and the water’s echoes
bear the curves
of their waists

it carries a moon’s jasmines
and spring’s threads

on the canoes
they was day after day
two withered leaves
on their vacant faces
undermine the horizon

and the water’s reflections
paint their naked bodies
with dark leaves and the sun’s silk

and in their hands
they hold roads
of water scales
surrounded by foam.

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