The Evil Eye

Mini Valenzuela Kaczkurkin

The evil eye 
Is a common fact 
In Yaqui life.

This evil eye 
Can dwell in anyone, 
The Young or old.

Sometimes, the one 
Possessing the power 
Eye Is not aware.

He causes damage 
By desiring something 
He cannot have.

If humans or food 
Or plants are desired 
By such a one,

The human gets ill, 
The food goes sour, 
The plant will die.

Neutralize such power 
By touching the object 
You admire.

As printed in Larry Evers, ed. The South Corner of Time. Tucson, Ariz.: The University of Arizona Press, ©1980, p. 212.