Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Apolitical Intellectuals ~ Comrade Otto Rene Castillo

One day
the apolitical
of my country
will be interrogated
by the simplest
of our people.

They will be asked
what they did
when their nation died out
like a sweet fire
small and alone.

No one will ask them
about their dress,
their long siestas
after lunch,
no one will want to know
about their sterile combats
with "the idea
of the nothing"
no one will care about
their higher financial learning.

They won't be questioned
on Greek mythology,
or regarding their self-disgust
when someone within them
begins to die
the coward's death.

They'll be asked nothing
about their absurd
born in the shadow
of the total lie.

On that day
the simple men will come.

Those who had no place
in the books and poems
of the apolitical intellectuals,
but daily delivered
their bread and milk,
their tortillas and eggs,
those who drove their cars,
who cared for their dogs and gardens
and worked for them,
and they'll ask:

"What did you do when the poor
suffered, when tenderness
and life
burned out of them?"

Apolitical intellectuals
of my sweet country,
you will not be able to answer.

A vulture of silence
will eat your gut.

Your own misery
will pick at your soul.
And you will be mute in your shame.

(MFL notes: one day, one day, that day will come and I hope I will be alive to see it and laugh at them all. All power to the Proletariat). The Poem was taken from here
. For those who don't know Comrade Castillo, he was a revolutionary in the 1950s, who was captured alive, tortured almost to death, then burnt alive!


ayla said...

that's one hell of a powerful poem. I modern times i would direct it not only to the intellectuals but the 'professional' class, whose apathy is criminal (if apathy could be so.)

MarxistFromLebanon said...

ayla, great honor to meet you

Faizal's Walks in Guruvayoor said...

i am delighted to read castillo's poem which interrogates the capitalist interest. it is meaningfull always. while i was earching it came to me and i express my gratitude to you.
m. faizal
kerala, india

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