from COCHABAMBA* SONGCARNIVAL
*a city in Bolivia
.
trans. Edward Dorn & Gordon Brotherston
(from Quechua)
Carnavalmá kasqa,
uj machitu kasqa.
Chaka uramanta
wataqamusqasqa
ñóqay rikurqoni
such'i barbas kasqa;
alforjasninpipis
iskay runtus kasqa;
upirísaj nini,
meq'arájtaj kasqa.
The carnival was
a sad old man it was
under the bridge
sniffing around he was
I saw him with his
such'i fish moustache
in his bag
two eggs there were
I tried to grab them
but hollow they were

Trans. Copyright © Edward Dorn & Gordon Brotherston 1999, - publ. North Atlantic Books, Berkeley, Cal.


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