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Izamal in Municipality of Izamal, Yucatán, Mexico — The Southeast (Yucatan Peninsula)
 

Ricardo López Méndez

 
 
Ricardo López Méndez Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, January 17, 2017
1. Ricardo López Méndez Marker
Inscription.
Al eximio izamaleño
“El Vate”
Ricardo Lopez Mendez
7 Feb. 1903 – 28 Dic. 1989
Poeta. Literato. Periodista.
Autor del poema
credo “Mexico Creo en Ti.”
Le musicalizaron mas de
un centenar de canciones
inmortales entre ellas
Amor Amor Amor.
Desesperadamente. Nunca.
Quisiera. Yo quiero ser.
Mar. Golondrina viajera.
Izamal Yuc 7 Feb 2000


English:
To the eminent son of Izamal
“El Vate”
Ricardo López Méndez
February 7, 1903 – December 28, 1989
Poet. Author. Journalist.
Author of the poem “Mexico creo en ti.” (Mexico I believe in you)
More than one hundred of his poems have been set to music, including:
Amor Amor Amor (Love, love, love)
Desesperadamente (Desperately), Nunca (Never)
Quisiera (I wish), Yo quiero ser (I want to be)
Mar (The Sea), Golondrina viajera (Traveling sparrow)
Izamal, Yucatán – February 7, 2000

 
Erected 2000.
 
Location. 20° 55.899′ N, 89° 1.1′ W. Marker is in Izamal, Yucatán, in Municipality of Izamal. Marker is at the intersection of Calle 33 and Calle 30, on the right when traveling
Ricardo López Méndez Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, January 17, 2017
2. Ricardo López Méndez Marker
The marker is attached to a small column that includes a bust of López Méndez. The words of "Mexico, creo en ti" are found below the marker.
east on Calle 33. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Izamal, Yucatán 97540, Mexico.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fray Diego de Landa (within shouting distance of this marker); The Convent of St. Anthony of Padua (about 120 meters away, measured in a direct line); Monsignor Crescencio Carrillo y Ancona (about 150 meters away).
 
Regarding Ricardo López Méndez. The poet's most famous poem is probably "Mexico, creo en ti." Below is its first stanza and a translation:

México, creo en ti,
Como en el vértice de un juramento.
Tú hueles a tragedia, tierra mía,
Y sin embargo, ríes demasiado,
A caso porque sabes que la risa
Es la envoltura de un dolor callado.

English translation:
Mexico, I believe in you,
Like taking an oath.
You smell of tragedy, my homeland,
And yet, you laugh too much,
Maybe because you know that laughter
Is the way to cover silent pain.
 
Categories. Arts, Letters, Music
 
The Ricardo López Méndez bust and marker are at the base of a ceiba tree. image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, January 17, 2017
3. The Ricardo López Méndez bust and marker are at the base of a ceiba tree.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 14, 2017. This page originally submitted on March 14, 2017, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 88 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 14, 2017, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.
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