To Tezcatlipoca

David Bowles
3 min read5 days ago

The eighteenth cuicatl in Songs of the Lords of Anahuac, my English translation of the codex Romances de los señores de la Nueva España. It is headed with a note in Spanish from the compiler: “a lo divino gentílico” — “to the pagan divinity.”¹

You just go and help others.
If that is so, the Giver of Life
feels compassion.
Is it true?
Or is it false?
How does he respond?
We must remain
anguished of heart.



David Bowles

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