By Ana Paxtor
Translation by Marcia Towers
Alive, radiant, strong, unique
That's you, Fuego Volcano, stratovolcano,
I see how your internal strength comes out in smoke
In columns of ash you lift yourself up to be seen
I hear your volcanic thunder and my heart races
Surely every day you remind me that you are right there.
With pain I saw the other side of your beauty,
Unexpectedly you presented it
You appeared enveloped in a black cloud and you covered us
Your ashes and lava flows enveloped us
You ran through streets and down hillsides
At your pace you swept away everything
Swept away all of us
You too, memories, dreams, hopes
The other side of your beauty was made present.
Embracing fire, that consumed all in its path
You leave pain, sadness, weeping, uncertainty
Orphans of my family, my house,
My hopes. You changed my future.
Now you are incorporated in my life, and
You push me forward.
I reflect and I say that nature is strong
But it touched me because of the injustice of living in this place.
A year has passed and you are still there in majestic beauty,
I hear your volcanic thunder and my heart continues to race,
Impressive is your presence, I see that smoke and red lava
And I tell you that I am still here, strong, radiant, unique and alive just like you.