I walked the steps
where priests, Zapotec kings,
left footprints rituals performed
to invisible gods
rulers of the underworld
and all living things.
Their energy emanating
through temple stones carved,
shaped vestiges of reverence to nature,
culture found two centuries before
the Spanish arrived
these standing monuments
proof of our undefeated spirit
and struggle Zapotec, Toltec, Olmec,
Mayan, Aztec cultures proof to the world
that our ancestors were intelligent people
knowledgeable, cultured, devout
beings in harmony
with the universe,
life and death.
The sun shines its light upon us
as we follow the moon path
to rivers where we will survive,
we will never perish.