long desert crossing ~ senryū

long desert crossing
to build great island city
snake in eagle’s mouth

This senryū is my response to
Carpe Diem #1569 Mexico City.

Tenochtitlan was the largest city in Pre-Columbian Americas. A traditional story states that tribes wandered the deserts of Mexico, arriving at Lake Texcoco, where they found the destined site for a great city. It had been prophesied that it’s location would be signaled by an eagle with a snake in its beak perched atop a prickly pear (cactus). Tenochtitlan was captured by the Spanish in 1521, a decisive event in the Spanish conquest of Mexico.

Image source: Wikimedia Commons (Coat of Arms of Mexico)
Wikipedia explains how the legend of the eagle evolved with European influence.