Luna para poetas asesinados
Creyeron que te enterraban
y lo que hacían era enterrar una semilla.
Ernesto Cardenal, epitafio para la tumba
de Adolfo Báez Bone revolucionario nicaragüense
para los poetas de Myanmar,
y todos los poetas muertos
Inmensa, cerca a la Tierra, la luna,
jala a las mareas de los mares
y de la sangre.
En la sombra de la Tierra,
se tiñe escarlata
como laca birmana
por los atardeceres de la Tierra.
¿O será que se ruboriza de furia,
partera, madrina de la vida?
La sangre de sus sumos sacerdotes,
los poetas, corre roja en las calles
y otros se levantarán.
de verdad, belleza, amor
no mueren; encienden el pensar
y hacen revolución en el corazón.
Moon for Murdered Poets
They thought that they buried you
& what they did was bury a seed.
Ernesto Cardenal, epitaph for the tomb
of Adolfo Báez Bone, Nicaraguan revolutionary
for the poets of Myanmar,
& all poets killed
Huge, near Earth, the moon
pulls at the tides of the sea
and of the blood.
In the Earth’s shadow,
she is tinged scarlet,
like Burmese lacquer,
by the sunsets of the Earth.
Or is it that she flushes in fury,
midwife, godmother of life?
The blood of her high-priests,
the poets, runs red in the streets.
But kill us
and others will rise.
with truth, beauty, love
do not die; they ignite thought
and make revolution in the heart.
© Rafael Jesús González 2021
Rafael Jesús González, Prof. Emeritus of literature and creative writing, was born and raised biculturally/bilingually in El Paso, Texas/Cd. Juárez, Chihuahua, and taught at University of Oregon, Western State College of Colorado, Central Washington State University, University of Texas El Paso (Visiting Professor of Philosophy), and Laney College, Oakland, California where he founded the Dept. of Mexican & Latin-American Studies. Also visual artist, he has exhibited in the Oakland Museum of California, the Mexican Museum of San Francisco, and others in the U.S. and Mexico. Nominated thrice for a Pushcart prize, he was honored by the National Council of Teachers of English and Annenberg CPB for his writing in 2003. In 2013 he received a César E. Chávez Lifetime Award and was honored by the City of Berkeley with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 13th Annual Berkeley Poetry Festival 2015. He was named the first Poet Laureate of Berkeley in 2017. Visit http://rjgonzalez.blogspot.com/.