WAYANAYSISWALLOW
Josť Maria Arguedas (Peru - 1911-69)
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trans. Edward Dorn & Gordon Brotherston
(from Quechua)
Wayanaysi rapran
manaya k'an hinachii,
mak'ta, runa.

K'ollk'e chalwas ahujan

mapu k'ochapi
manaya k'an hinachu
mak'ta, runa.
The swallow moves its wings
not so fast as you
boy, man.

The silver fish moves through the waters

of river and lake
not so fast as you
boy, man.

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


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