Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Three Days In September/ Tres jornadas en septiembre

                    “...circuivi terram et perambulavi ea.”

                                                     The Book of Job


The Torch of Liberty
relays through streets
of wall-to-wall Nicas
in Granada. Quo vadis?
Whither thou goest?


As he steps off the bus
in Liberia, Costa Rica, the Torch,
still burning, is relayed through
a crowd of Ticos. Unde venis?
Whence do you come?


On the way back between volcanoes,
el Rincón de la Vieja and Mombacho,
from Liberia to Granada, sorceress Rain,
born in sudden thunderclaps,
has painted the countryside animated emerald.

E. A. Costa

Tres jornadas en septiembre

          " ... de recorrer la tierra y de andar por ella."

                                                         Libro de Job

El martes:

La Antorcha de Libertad pasa por relevo
por las calles de Granada llenas de Nicas
de pared a pared. ¿Quo vadis?
¿A dónde vas?

El jueves:

Como él se baja del autobús
en Liberia, la Antorcha, todavía ardiente,
se transmite por una muchedumbre
de Ticos. ¿Unde venis?
¿De dónde vienes?

El sábado:

A la vuelta entre los dos volcanes,
El Rincón de la Vieja y Mombacho,
de Liberia a Granada, la bruja Lluvia,
nacida con truenos y relámpagos,
ha pintado el campo de color esmeralda animada.


E. A. Costa    September 22, 2016   Granada, Nicaragua
N.B: (1) “circuivi terram et perambulavi ea”( Latin Vulgate):
“From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and
down in it. “( King James); (2) “The Torch of Liberty” (La Antorcha
de la Libertad or La Tea Centroamericana) is the torch, ignited
in San Salvador, carried on foot and by relay from Guatemala to
Costa Rica celebrating the independence of Central America from Spain.
This year 12,000 Nicaraguan students participated in the relay for
500 kilometers from the border with Honduras to the frontier with
Costa Rica at Penas Blancas; (3) “Nica” is the common expression
for Nicaraguans in Nicaragua and Costa Rica. It is both masculine 
and feminine. ''Tico"/"Tica" is the common term for Costa Rican.
It derives from the diminutive suffix—ico/a—frequently used by Costa
 Ricans. The Costa Ricans came to the aid of Nicaragua during the war
 against the United States' filibustero, William Walker. Nicas heard
the Costa Rican soldiers calling one another “hermaniticos” (dear little brothers).
Thereafter they began to call all Costa Ricans “Ticos”, which the Costa Ricans
also began using for themselves. (4) “Liberia”, city of 70,000 on the main
highway an hour southwest of the frontier with Nicaragua at Penas Blancas;
(5) El Rincón de la Vieja/ The Old Woman's Corner is a live volcano about fifteen miles
from Liberia and dominates the view northeast, as the volcano Mombacho
dominates Granada to the southwest. The “Old Woman” is a legended recluse who as a
young girl went to live by the volcano after her father threw her suitor
into the crater.

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