The Silence of the Birds 

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Tenochtitlan rises

From the great lake of life

Shines like a jewel

Shines the natural light

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The causeway is lined

With the birds of their world

With their colors so vivid

With their songs so pure

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Symbols of beauty

Symbols of grace

Hernan has seen them

He knows their power

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Now the silence has come

He has burned the birds

There is a new order of power

Of power without grace

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The illness of the heart

That is only cured by gold

Is Hernan’s  obsession

Is Hernan’s shame

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