Friendship Will Forever Depart

David Bowles
5 min readJun 5, 2024

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

May we in truth begin,
you friends of ours,
within the House of Spring,¹
where the words of the lord
our god are awaited.
How will he want them?
How will he arrange
the flowers and the songs?²



David Bowles

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