(Poem) Conjuro/Spellbound by Xánath Caraza (in Spanish and English)


Conjuro de ángeles, demonios y duendes que hacen que la Tierra se desgarre.
Que el aire gima y grite entre los árboles.
Conjuro de dioses y demonios que hace que mis pensamientos vibren

¡Oh fuerza bruta! Implacable que suena y sacude cada rincón de la Tierra.
Temblores internos, temblores externos que se hacen uno y quiebran la tierra.

Hoy te conjuro para que despiertes del letargo que te mantiene cautiva.
Hoy invoco al norte, sur, este y oeste.
Hoy te conjuro
A ti, guardiana de mi sueño.

A la canción de cuna que se oye a lo lejos.
Al origen de mi sangre, de mi vida, de mi dolor.
A la guardiana de mis noches más oscuras.Conjuro tu nombre, aquí en mis pensamientos.  



Spell of angels, demons and duendes cause the Earth to tear
Make howls and screams among the trees
Spell of gods and demons unsettle my thoughts

Oh brutal strength!  Unrelenting strength that resonates and shakes each corner of the Earth
Inner quakes, external quakes that unite and crack the Earth

Today I call on you to wake from the deep slumber that holds you captive
Today I invoke north, south, east and west
Today I cast a spell on you
On you, keeper of my dream

To the lullaby that is heard from afar
To the origin of my blood, of my life, of my pain
To the keeper of my darkest nights
Here in my thoughts, I put a spell on your name

Cover art for Conjuro is a preliminary study of hands detail of the mural Xochipilli, 2007, water color by José Jesús Chán Gruzmán

You can here Xánath Caraza read her poem “Conjuro”  at minute 20.20-23 in the following interview in WORDS ON A WIRE: XÁNATH CARAZA (Benjamim Alire Saénz and Daniel Chacón)

Read Meet Mago Contributor Xanath Caraza and her other posts here.


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