Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Masterworks Series: Zapatistas

Hope and Death

How strong the pull
And how vibrant the song
That calls us, men and women alike,
To come forth
From our fields of labor.
We must claim our rights
As people from the earth
To share in earth’s bounty.

We celebrate the power
Proven in our bodies
That gardens
Towns and villages
All come from the work of our own hands.

How long must our lives be drained?
How long will we weary ourselves
For some distant landlord?
Today we rise
To lay claim to ourselves.

Some lives are taken
In the struggle for freedom –
Better so than to have our lives slowly extinguished
Without hope of
Dancing in our own square
Reaping from our own field
Drinking from our own cup
And resting in our own bed.

They can take our lives to fill their coffers
Or we can show them that
Our lives are worth more than that.
We give our lives
For our freedom
So they will not take our lives
For their own small vanity.

                                                    ~ CK


Image: "Zapatistas,"from the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City
Artist: José Clemente Orozco (Mexican, 1883–1949)
Medium:Oil on canvas

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