Roque Dalton, Words

We want solid words
that resist in the middle of the night
the new winds of the world
words born of foundations
words born of building foundations
rock-hard
unyielding words.
Words not for the prepared speech
on our pressing world
but for getting to the bottom of the thirst,
the outcry,
the proclaimed “Enough” of the hungry
mestizos through the darkness of the exploitation
and the light of their rage.
Words for the song of the conscious.

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Roque Dalton, Words

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