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A los que no se olvidan

December 17, 2009

A powerful poem about Walter written by Angel Luis Martinez, a colleague.

A los que no se olvidan

“La sangre tiene razones
que hacen engordar las venas.
Pena sobre pena y pena
hacen que uno pegue el grito.
La arena es un puñadito
pero hay montañas de arena.”

-Letra de Atahualpa Yupanqui

 

Dicen que a Víctor Jara le quebraron las manos y millones lo recordamos
Y tu, quien las quebraste, quien recuerda tu nombre y ¿a cuantos te atreves
decirle en voz alta, “Yo lo hice”?
En emboscada mataron a Zapata y millones lo recordamos
Y tu, arquitecto de emboscada, ¿quien te puede nombrar?

Oye trabajador pagado por opresores que te matarían solo por hacerlo, hoy
mataste a Walter Trochez.
Odio lo que hiciste
Te perdono y te olvido como serás olvidado por todos
Y los que te emplearon se preparan para hacerte desaparecer.

Y en mí, como en muchos, Walter vivirá
Walter Trochez vive
En corazones y mentes, en acciones y compromisos.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Debbie permalink
    December 27, 2009 5:57 pm

    Em, please translate the Spanish poem…I’d really like to read it.

  2. Emily permalink*
    December 28, 2009 9:36 pm

    A quick and loose translation:

    To Those Who Won’t Forget

    They say Victor Jara’s hands were broken, and millions of us remember him
    And you, who broke them, who will remember your name, and to how many do you dare
    to say out loud, “I did it”?
    They killed Zapata in an ambush and millions of us remember him
    And you, architect of the ambush, who even mentions your name?

    Oh laborer paid by oppressors who would kill you just to do it, today
    you killed Walter Trochez
    I hate what you did
    I pardon you and I forget you as you will be forgotten by everyone
    And those who hired you are arranging for your disappearance

    And in me, and many others, Walter will live
    Walter Trochez lives
    In hearts and minds, in actions and commitments

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