Poems I-IX from the book "The Jaguar Children" by Marcia Theophilo

I

Immobile is the earth when the goddess Jaguar
enters at night in the village
and with her Urucú, Pajuará Jupicahy,
Tuarí, Arari, Mangalô
their faces illuminated, a strip of light
a warrior dances in each one

II

She is the divinity Jaguar
Opens the universe closed dark
the shell, nest of all beings
Murucú Maracá

III

the children warriors
- each one incarnates a myth -
have belts of braided hay
adorned with cockatoo wings
earrings of cockatoo Feathers
necklaces of jaguar nails
bracelets of river shells

VII

the child jaguar
transforms in all things
that live in the water
transforms in all things
that live on the earth
there is no difference between animals and plants
what lives in the forest is inside the goddess

VIII

the children begin dancing in a ring
in them dances the skin of the animals
kaiku-si ma gelê tapê-wai
I said that this was a jaguar
who comes out of the circle
kaiku-si ma gelê tapê-wai
I said that this was a jaguar

IX

She is the divinity Jaguar
Like the ancient forest
is her soul

 

Márcia Theóphilo - 1994
English version by Hania Kochansky -2000

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