Monday, October 12, 2009

Haiku 101209

park concert
pigeons take flight
clapping

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Recently, we read the following:

Washington Post: “Castro Country, Giving a Concert for Peace” by William Booth

"Rock-and-roll diplomacy came to the communist isle on a smoldering afternoon, as hundreds of thousands of Cubans filled the Plaza of the Revolution on Sunday and sang along to a dozen international musical acts led by the Colombian singer and peace activist Juanes.

"The free 'Peace without Borders' concert was criticized by hard-line Cuban exiles in Miami as a propaganda coup for the Castro brothers, and that it might have been. But for thousands of young Cubans, it was a rare treat to hear a lineup of global Latin music stars, such as Olga Tanon of Puerto Rico and Miguel Bosé of Spain.

"Under the watchful gaze of a huge mural of Ernesto 'Che' Guevara, and beneath the socialist slogan 'Always Toward Victory!' on the side of the Ministry of Interior building, there was no trouble from the mostly young crowd. Many were dressed in white, in keeping with the peaceful vibe…

"Tanon shouted that she brought greetings from Miami -- home of many Cuban exiles who live in opposition to the Cuban government -- and no one in the crowd booed, but instead whistled and cheered…"

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And we thought:

… Imagine music without borders. Peace without borders. All we are saying…


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