Quetzal’s First Poem

Several things before the poem for those of you who don’t know me:

Quetzal is my adopted daughter. She is 13 yrs. old.  She was born in Guatemala.  She came to live with us when she was four months old.  We have been to Guatemala numerous times over the last 13 yrs. We have met her birth mother. Quetzal wrote this poem for a school assignment. She okayed my posting it here.

The Resplendent Quetzal

I am from Guatemala where the Quetzal flies.
From hot days and cool nights.
I am from huevos rancheros in the morning,
And tortillas and pina de aguas.

I am from my family
And the walks in the park.
I am from the chicken buses
And gas fumes.

I am from the Maya
From Tikal and the myths
And spicy hot chocolate.
I am from jade beads and jaguars.
I am from Guatemala where the Quetzal flies.



9 responses to “Quetzal’s First Poem

  1. Oh, so lovely. So smart and lovely.

  2. It’s good to know where you’re from and where you are :).

  3. What wonderful things to be from. You are them. And more. It’s just the beginning.

  4. Sing on, Quetzal, sing on!

  5. How beautiful ❤ ❤ And she is from her Father's love of poetry. Now I can smell the mountain air and taste spicy hot chocolate.

  6. It posted me as Anonymous. BeeHappee above.

  7. I love this poem. Quetzel’s voice is coming through ! The green in the Quetzal bird reminded me of the photograph of her carrying the Brussels sprouts.

  8. The satisfying affliction of poetry, yes

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