Casas de Adobe
Después de la lluvia yo caminaba el pueblo, y en cada charco se miraban reflejadas las casas de adobes. Después de las lluvias las calles de tierra eran riachuelos de lodo, y el pueblo olía a nuevo.
After the rains I walked through the village and in each puddle I saw the reflections of the adobe houses. After the rains the earthen streets were little rivers of mud and the village smelt new.
Humberto Ak'abal (born 1952) is a Guatemalan poet whose prolific output in his native Maya K'iche' and in Spanish has won him numerous international awards and honours, including the French order of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres and the Pier Paolo Pasolini Poetry Prize.Read more about this poet
About this poem
This poem, representing Guatemala, is part of The Written World – our collaboration with BBC radio to broadcast a poem from every single nation competing in London 2012