Flood and Fire

David Bowles
3 min readMay 20, 2024

The seventh cuicatl in Songs of the Lords of Anahuac, my English translation of the codex Romances de los señores de la Nueva España.

From Atlixco¹

The flower dust rises,
the bells are ringing out²
in Atlixco, city upon water,
within the house of flowers.

The Giver of Life is amused,
O princes, by blossoms.
Let there be dancing
within the house of flowers.

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David Bowles

A Mexican American author & translator from South Texas. Teaches literature & Nahuatl at UTRGV. President of the Texas Institute of Letters.