Nikitoa (English translation)

  • Artist: Nezahualcóyotl
  • Song: Nikitoa 3 translations
  • Translations: English, Japanese, Spanish
  • Requests: Italian


Niqitoa ni Nesaualkoyotl:
¿Kuix ok neli nemoua in tlaltikpak?
An nochipa tlaltikpak:
san achika ya nikan.
Tel ka chalchiuitl no xamani,
no teokuitlatl in tlapani,
no ketsali posteki.
An nochipa tlaltikpak:
san achika ye nikan.
Submitted by phantasmagoriaphantasmagoria on Fri, 29/05/2015 - 02:44
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I ask myself

I Nezahualcóyotl ask myself:1
is it true that we live firmly planted to the earth?
nothing is forever in the earth:
only for a while it remains here.
Even if it's made of jade, it cracks,
even if it's made of gold, it breaks,
even if it's a quetzal's plumage, it becomes torn.
It is not forever on this earth:
only for a while it remains here.
  • 1. lit. "It is I, Nezahualcóyotl, that asks:"
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  • Terminology: lit. (literally), lat. (latin term), pr. (pronunciation). @= a/o (for Spanish translations only, @ can be switched from a feminine or masculine perspective.
Submitted by phantasmagoriaphantasmagoria on Sat, 10/03/2018 - 17:46
Author's comments:

Based on the Spanish translation with some changes here and there, but the meaning is not lost.

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