March 13, 2008

Brother from the West _ Jorge Rebelo (1972)

Filed under: poetry — newritings @ 11:36 pm

Brother from the West –
(how to explain that you are our brother?)
The world does not end at your doorstep
nor at the river which borders your country
nor in the sea,
in whose vastness you sometimes think
you have discovered
the meaning of the infinite.
Beyond your doorstep, beyond the sea
the great struggle continues.
Men with warm eyes
and hands as hard as the earth
embrace their children at night
and depart before dawn.
Many will not return. It does not matter.
We are men tired of shackles.
For us
freedom is worth more than life.

To you, brother, we offer
and from you we expect
not the hand of charity
which mystifies and humiliates,
but the hand of solidarity
engaged, commited.

How can you refuse, brother from the West?



  1. […] in this edition are: Do you know me?, Once Upon a Time (1995), A Poem still to be written (1975), Brother from the West (1972), We are Fighters of FRELIMO (1971), Hearken to the Voice of the People (1971), Josina, we […]

    Pingback by More poems of resistance from Mozambique « newritings — March 15, 2008 @ 12:12 am | Reply

  2. its a lovely poem… beautiful beginning…

    Comment by Shipra — November 2, 2009 @ 4:27 am | Reply

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