WIRIKUTA

When the jaguar eats
someone dies

A hawk plows the desert
The flow of its wake remains

Flesh valley
Blue-deer pilgrims

The mountain lies in silence
It opens its eyes in darkness

JESÚS SEPÚLVEDA
(From Secoya, translated from the Spanish by author)

Note

Wirikuta is the name given by the Wixarrica people—
also known as Huichol—to their sacred valley in central Mexico.
This indigenous culture carries out yearly pilgrimages to this valley
to collect the hikuri cactus—or peyote—and perform shamanic ceremonies.