Friday, June 20, 2008

Los Pajaros



LOS PAJAROS
based on writings by Father Serra, May 1773 and June 1774.

Seeing your people come through the fields
we noticed a great flock of birds
of various and beautifully blended colors
such as we had never seen before.

We noticed a great flock of birds
swooping out of the heavens just ahead
such as we had never seen before
as if to welcome newly arrived guests.

Swooping out of the heavens just ahead
six or more soldiers set out together on horseback
as if they came to greet newly acquired hosts
in the far Rancherias even many leagues away.

Six or more soldiers set out together on horseback.
Both men and women at sight of them took to their heels
in the distant Rancherias even many leagues away,
fleeing the soldiers, so clever at lassoing cows.

Both men and women at sight of them took to their heels
but the women were caught with Spanish ropes.
The soldiers, clever as they are at lassoing cows
preyed on the women for their unbridled lust.

The women were caught with Spanish ropes
Indian men tried to defend their wives -
prey for the Spaniard’s unbridled lust -
only to be shot down with bullets.

The Indian men tried to defend their wives
of various and beautifully blended colors
only to be shot down with bullets
seeing our people come through the fields.

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