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Friday, June 12, 2009

A Poem for Bagua by Simon Ortiz

in the last couple of weeks have been an emotional ride for me, i am writing about it and will share soon, but i am glad that my peers feel the same way.

Please spread the word

Rodrigo

Simon Ortiz is a famous poet, from Acoma Pueblo.

Here's the poem:

Remember Sand Creek.
Remember the Black Hills.
Remember Chiapas.
Remember Bagua.

Always the land, culture, community. Always the land, culture, community.
Always the land, culture, community. Always the land, culture, community.

Always Indigenous land, culture, and community must keep speaking.

Always, always, always. Speaking, speaking, speaking.

Listen, hear the land speaking.
Listen, hear the culture speaking.
Listen, hear the community speaking.

Speaking against power and greed.
Speaking against power and greed.
Speaking against power and greed.

Last week, President Obama spoke about the "pain of dislocation" suffered by
the Palestinians.
This week, has he heard the pain of dislocation suffered by Indigenous
peoples of Peru?

Listen, hear the land, culture, community speaking.
Listen, hear the land, culture, community speaking.
Listen, hear the land, culture, community speaking.

We must make sure Obama hears the pain of dislocation in the Americas.
We must make sure Obama speaks about the pain of dislocation in the
Americas.


Simon Ortiz

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