ruthless compassion (aroraborealis) wrote,
ruthless compassion
aroraborealis

Today's poem is the one that is printed on the diplomas from PLQE, where I studied and worked in Guatemala.

Manifiesto por Pablo Neruda

Debemos hacer algo en esta tierra,
porque en este planeta nos parieron,
y hay que arreglar las cosas de lo hombres,
porque no somos pájaros ni perros,
y bien, si cuando ataco a lo que odio,
o cuando canto a todo lo que quiero,
la poesía quiere abandonar,
las esperanzas de mi manifiesto,
yo sigo con las tablas de mi ley,
acumulando estrellas y armamentos,
y en el duro deber americano,
no me importa una rosa más o menos,
tengo un pacto de amor con la hermosura,
tengo un pacto de sangre con mi pueblo.

(Like last week, I'll translate and put it behind a cut, or in comments, later. I enjoyed others' participation last week and invite you to join me again.)
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