Nabokov’s Interim, or Nezahualcoyotl’s flowersong

A finer thing, a garland verse
to tour the Hungry Coyote’s mind
ohuaya – bloom –
six hundred years

A choir sings of material things
turquoise, shell and coral chips
bemask his artificial face

Were his lips red?
What filled his mouth?

Here’s what:
“Even jade disintegrates…
even the quetzal feather fades…
We’re not here long”
(then gone for good)

A florid theme to ruminate
in aggregate or solitaire
Ohuaya, ohuyaya!
he sang, full-throated,

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