Tomorrow Triumphant

REVOLUTION
Those who don’t see
call us blind
but you have taught us
to see the color
of the coming times.

Those who don’t hear
call us deaf
but you have taught us
to listen everywhere
to the agile sound
of human tenderness.

Cowards call us cowards
but with you we confront
the shadows
and change their faces.
Criminals call us criminals,
but with you we revive hope,
putting an end to crime,
prostitution,
hunger.
And we put eyes,
voice,
ears,
soul
on the heart of humanity.
Racists call us antihuman
but with you we give hatred
its worldwide tomb
in the city of embraces.

They call us so many things,
and those who pronounce them
forget,
stupid as they are,
that tomorrow
their grandchildren
will jubilantly love
the star-burst word
of you name:
revolution.

  • trans. by Barbara Paschke