Weekly Serial Poetry: Saqil pa Q’equ’mal: Light in Darkness

About this Book

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The Mayan myths of the Popol Vuh are at once sensual and ruthless, none more so than the trials of Xibalba. In the oral and written traditions of this indigenous people, the road to the ancient underworld is well-marked, its fearsome tests legend. In a series of thirteen poems, a modern woman takes this time-honored journey through good and evil and what lies between, finding strength and refuge, union and reunion, and new purpose in primeval pleasures.

© 2016 Mari Anne Christie


II. Chajalab’: The Guardians

Searching out the hidden
ancients, the well of
the malcontent, seekers
from all sides are silent,
walking heavy along
the whispering path.

They stumble to the cave mouth.
Dozens have walked as far as she;
farther, as they had no map.

To read the rest of Section II, go to the blog page.


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