Another from Lowenfels out of Some Deaths (1964).
From the Mayan Book of Chilam Balam
In the beginning there was no sin; we adhered
to the dictates of reason. There was then
no sickness, no aching bones, no high fevers,
no smallpox, no burning chests,
no abdominal pains, no consumption. We had
then no headaches; the course of humanity
was orderly. The foreigners made it
otherwise when they arrived here.
With the false god, the false word, came the
beginning of our misery, the beginning
of strife with purse-snatching, the
beginning of strife with blow guns,
the beginning of strife by trampling
on people, the beginning of robbery
with violence, the beginning of forced debts.
We were the very poor people who did not
depart when oppression was put on them.
It was done by the kinkajous of the
towns, the foxes of the towns, the
bloodsucking insects of the towns--
those who drained the poverty of the
But it shall come to pass that tears
shall become the eyes of our jaguar
God. His justice shall descend upon
every part of the earth, straight upon
Ah Kanteria and Ix Pucyola, the
voracious hagglers of the world.