Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Protracted journey*

“The tyrants' prisons will find difficult to break
the spirit and firm resolve
the workers’ theory and practice mold.”

While many travelers lost their lives
in many different ways,
others did give up.
Some did break down,
others were co-opted.

Still, we're told --
new travelers are backpacking anew
in regions not unlike Isabela,
"learning from the masses."
Not unlike the earlier martyrs
they're modeling "simple living
and hard struggle."

In the march to ten thousand barrios
even as the white storm
periodically stalls their journey,
the new travelers persist, we're told.

The birthing of the new --
protracted, then violently sudden --
it’s Nature’s nature.

*Chapter 8, Fractured Memories

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