Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Travelling in the Narmada Valley ..

What did you do when the poor
suffered, when tenderness and life
were dangerously burning out in them?

Apolitical intellectuals
of my sweet country,
you will have nothing to say.

A vulture of silence
will eat your guts.
Your own misery
will gnaw at your souls.
And you will be mute
in your shame.

-Otto Rene Castello.
Guatemalan poet who was killed by the Guatemalan army on March 19, 1967.