Una Carta A Dios

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subida en uno de esos cerros truncados
built on one of those low hills
tribus
tribes
matas del maíz, el frijol
stalk of corn, the bean
morada
purple
hacer falta a
to be lacking, to need
fuerte aguacero
a heavy shower
charcos entre los surcos
puddles in the ruts
quienes
those who
enseñaron a sembrar
always seeded
apegado a
fond of, attached to
creyente a puño cerrado
a firm believer
por el rumbo del
in the direction of
ahora sí que viene el agua
now it's really going to rain
limpiaban de hierba la siembra
were weeding out the sown field
dar en la boca
to feed
olía a jarro nuevo
smelled of fresh wine
hagan de cuenta
just imagine
la fruición de mojarse
the enjoyment of getting wet
los enseres
implements
cerca de piedra
stone fence
son de a diez
are ten-centavo coins
milpa a punto de jilotear
cornfield ready to yield
hileras frondosas del frijol
leafy rows of beans
granizos tan grandes como bellotas
hailstones as big as acorns
apedrear
to stone
salina
salt pit
más hubiera dejado una nube de langosta
a cloud of locusts would have left more
ni una mata de frijol dará una vaina
we won't get a single ear of corn or a single pod of beans
y ni a quién acudir
and no one to turn to
muy en el fondo espiritual de cuantos convivían
deep in the faith of those who lived together
rudo
coarse, uneducated
ebrutecer
to make dull, brutish
no lo era tanto que no supiera escribir
but he wasn't so (uneducated) that he could not write
sí hay quien vele por todos
there is indeed someone who watches over us all
rotular el sobre
to address the envelope
el pliego
sheet of paper
riendo con toda la boca
laughing as hard as he could
el repartidor
sorter, distributor
gordo y bonachón
fat and good-natured
se le plegó el entrecejo
wrinkled his brown, frowned
¡quién tuviera...!
would that i had..!
sostener correspondencia con..
to correspond with...
no por ello se dio por vencido
he didn't give up because of that
la dádiva
a gift
el óbolo
contribution
se conformó con
he resigned himself to
le gizo entrega de
delivered to him
vidrio raspado
scratched glass
despacho
office
arrugando mucho la frente
frowning
aseguró de un puñetazo
he made it stick with a blow of his fist
por conducto de la oficina de correos
through the mail
muy ladrones
a bunch of thieves
satisfecho/a
satisfied
impresionado/a
impressed
exigir
to demand
fértil
fertile
el granizo
hail stones
el cultivo
cultivation
la cosecha
crops
una granja
a farm
el granjero
the farmer