A calendar of Human History:
Long ago in America
Where dense fog hides the mountains
Day Keepers weave the story of creation
Mouth-to-ear repeating, remembering the days
A Quiché appeared at the edge of the forest
The indian carried a codex:
Popol Vuh — history of the Maya nation
The great South American poet Eduardo Galeano tells us of the Day Keepers, Genesis from the Popol Vuh:
“Y los días se echaron a caminar. Y ellos, los días, nos hicieron. Y así fuimos nacidos nosotros, los hijos de los días, los averiguadores, los buscadores de la vida. (El Génesis, según los mayas)”
― Eduardo Hughes Galeano, Los hijos de los días
“And the days began to walk. And they, the days, made us. And thus we were born, the children of the days, the discoverers, life’s searchers. (GENESIS, according to the Mayas.)”
— Tr. Mark Fried, Children of the Days
The Popol Vuh is a narrative about the origins, traditions and history of the Quiché Maya nation told by an anonymous Guatemalan Indian. It was written about 1600. Around 1700, a priest, Francisco Ximenez copied the manuscript, adding a Spanish translation.
April is National Poetry Writing Month — Eduardo Galeano’s prose poem for April 1:
April 1, The First Bishop
In 1553 the first bishop of Brazil, Pedro Fernandes Sardinha, set foot on these shores.
Three years later, south of Alagoas, the Caeté Indians ate him for lunch.
Some Brazilians are of the opinion that he meal was an invention of the colonial power, a pretext to steal the Caetés’ land and exterminate them in a prolonged “holy war.”
Other Brazilians believe the story occurred more or less as told, the Bishop Sardinha, who carried his fate in his fishy name, was the involuntary founder of the national cuisine.
— Eduardo Hughes Galeano, Los hijos de los días, tr. Mark Fried, Children of the Days
NaPoWriMo is an annual project in which participants write a poem each day in April. It unfolds in the tradition of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month, held in November) and motivates, inspires, and engages poets of all levels, genres, and backgrounds. Let’s hear it for poets of all nationalities and interests: have a great month poets! Carto