bringer of corn
cultivator of the arts
orator of life.
Condemned to wander the divine water
on his boat of snakes
the priest king of Tula vowed to redress
the degradation of humanity.
On his sacrificial pyre he stood proud
to birth the morning star
to rule the winds and whirlpools
to reunite, each day, the rain and rivers
in the glory of life.
In Guadalajara the bronze ribbon snakes heavenward from the plaza
as smaller serpents writhe amongst the fountain’s rhythmic surges
recalling the cycle of death and resurrection
calling to all of Mexico to not forget
the Immolation of Quetzalcoatl.