A is for Anawarki, Pachakutik’s wise empress.
B is for Beatriz, whose life was full of doom.
C is for Cusco, the empire’s first city.
D is for daughters, who worshipped the moon.
E is for entrancing dancers,
F for a fox’s friendship.
G is for glittering gold,
H for our heroines’ hardships.
I is for Inti, god of the sun.
J is for Jauja, where Francisca was born.
K is for kill, enemies beware.
L is for Lima, where Gonzalo was mourned.
M is for Machu Picchu, a city of clouds.
N is for Neo Inca State, a network of power.
O is for ocean, giving fishers their food.
P is for Pachamama, giving life to the flowers.
Q is for Quispe Sisa, a survivor of fire.
R is for rich, the conquistadors’ desire.
S is for Saramama, the mother of maize.
T is for temple, the place she was praised.
U is for underdog, these women unknown.
V is for vicuña, the elite’s wool alone.
W is for wall, perfect jigsaws of stones.
X is for expand, the empire’s direction.
Y is for Mama Yunto, the sagest of mums.
Z is for zero, of slaves they had none.