For those who have not lived to see justice

Today more than ever I dedicate this poem to those who have not lived to see justice. For full updates on the Guatemala genocide trial and to support survivors and human rights defenders, connect with the Network in Solidarity with the People of Guatemala@NISGUA_Guate.

Interment (For those who have not lived to see justice)

The General’s sickroom is a cell—
through drapes a glimpse
of bloody bougainvillea,
an elegant spiral of razor wire.
Withering fingers grip the stock of a rifle,
shove home a bayonet to its depths,
grasping at satin sheets.
The voice that severed the raw will of conscripts,
exhorting conquest of coward morality,
is silenced in fevered gasps.
Somatic provinces in open revolt,
its body becomes shadow
of the blood-slicked torture chamber.

His will be an honorable death,
unstained by official infamy.
Military-school comrades will send their condolences,
bouquets stinking with hollow awareness
of their creeping fates.

The General will be congratulated in state
by high society, by the economists,
for a life spent crushing the dreams
of peoples whose dreams mean nothing to their world,
except as things to be crushed,
and feared.

The General yet sleeps fitfully,
suffocating on a goose-down pillow.
Silent men and women come to his bedside,
dressed brightly, as for a carnival procession.
The celebrants carry heavy sacks anchored to their foreheads,
small wooden boxes balanced like crowns.
The lids are lifted with an echo
of laughter disinterred.

A sudden cry—
the notes of laughter crystallize their air,
falling in a rain of shattered bones.
With a sighing of machetes the sacks are slit open—
in the dream of the celebrants
the General drowns
in a torrent of ashes.

Photos via MiMundo.org other content copyleft

About cascadiasolidaria

Human rights and solidarity activist from Cascadia, North America, writing about issues of justice and security in Guatemala and Central America from a perspective of solidarity with human rights and social movements.
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One Response to For those who have not lived to see justice

  1. James Rodrguez / MiMundo.org says:

    lindo!

    From: Cascadia Solidaria Reply-To: Cascadia Solidaria Date: Wed, 24 Apr 2013 02:30:04 +0000 To: James Rodriguez Subject: [New post] 1329

    cascadiasolidaria posted: “Today more than ever I dedicate this poem to those who have not lived to see justice. For full updates on the Guatemala genocide trial and to support survivors and human rights defenders, connect with theNetwork in Solidarity with the People of Guatemala”

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