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March 13, 2008

Hearken to the Voice of the People _ Jorge Rebelo (1971)

Filed under: poetry — newritings @ 11:27 pm

Hearken, comrade, to the voice of our people.
It is a voice as ancient as time,
muzzled
but vibrating with dreams,
as resolute as the truth,
haughty and sharp
like an accusing pain.

Listen: it is Wyriamu, it is Mueda
mourning their slaughtered sons…
It is the peasants cursing the settlers
who robbed their land…
It is the mothers welcoming us as heroes
when we return from the battles…

Hearken to the voice of the people, comrade.
Let it be your light
let it envelope you like a mantle –
invisible but heavy
immensely heavy
because it bears the weight
of all the suffering that must end,
of all the dreams that must take shape.

Hearken to the voice of the people, comrade.

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