She Made My Heart Swoon

David Bowles
5 min readMay 18, 2024

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

By Tlaltecatzin¹
Drum cadence: titoco titoco titoco titoco titoco titoco ti²

I come to guard the city
to which I am called,
for using his blooms,
the Giver of Life
paints banquets.³

You were abandoned
in your mansion,
Tlaltecatzin,
sighing,
uttering cries —

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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.