ANTONIO SENDS A NEW POEM FROM MIAMI TO ALL HIS SUPPORTERS

antiterroristas.cu 2009-10-20

On October 13th, Antonio Guerrero, one of the Cuban Five, was resentenced to 21 years and 10 months. While waiting for his court hearing, he wrote this poem and sent it to all his supporters from around the world.

I

Miami is before my eyes. I can’t sleep An obstinate verse bounces between the luxury of a skyscraper and the tragedy of a broken shower. through the window I see the rising sun to light the green tinted windows, in every direction people, with whom I make an imaginary world, walk The Royal Caribbean cruises, the McDonald’s, the school, the banks, the homeless rummaging through the trash the vendor under the umbrella still there and again I look at them from the “hole”, that is, “from my altitude”.

II

It is called Miami’s Down Town a mass of steel, concrete and glasses. During the day an authentic ant’s nest. During the night a dangerous and empty place. Its each time highest buildings are symbols of power and opulence: banks with millionaire transactions, houses with few tenants. In the cosmetic urbanization there are parking lots for countless cars. and I do not know how to say it in verse but what captures more my attention is to see that the public transportation basically is used by the black people.

III

Once again orange jumper Once again solitude between bricks. Once again broken mattress without pillow. Once again big noise in the hall. Once again to change clothes once a week. Once again tiny yellow pencil. One again by a miracle a phone call. Once again to walk without destiny. Once again a cage to “recreate”, This time even they don’t give coffee. Once again dirty floor, cold shower. Once again a “cop-out” to complain and, of course, they don’t answer once again. Once again “hole” and once again poetry.

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