We will leave our celebration of National Poetry Month with a final poem on May Day. An appropriate poem to end on. It is a poem sent to us by Juliana Francisco, an Independence activist from Brooklyn and a member of the IndependentVoting Phone Outreach team.
“Otto René Castillo was a poet and revolutionary from Guatemala. I first learned about him at the All Stars where his amazing poem Apolitical Intellectuals is on display. That poem is riveting and compelled me to learn more about Castillo. Before the Scales, Tomorrow is a painful for me to read considering how his life ended but ultimately I find this poem very comforting and inspiring. Being politically aware and active at a young age often makes me feel pessimistic and depressed. However, it is important to press forward for what’s right, not only for future generations – I’m learning now that creating a world in the present that you believe in and is nurturing and just is something to be proud of and happy about.
“But it’s beautiful to love the world with eyes that have not yet been born” is one of my favorite quotes ever.
BEFORE THE SCALES, TOMORROW
By Otto Rene Castillo
And when the enthusiastic
story of our time
who are yet to be born
but announce themselves
with more generous face,
we will come out ahead
—those who have suffered most from it.
being ahead of your time
means suffering much from it.
But it’s beautiful to love the world
that have not yet
to know yourself victorious
when all around you
it’s all still so cold,
If you enjoyed Juliana’s pick and live in NYC, you might enjoy seeing a performance of Castillo’s poetry coming later this month.
The Castillo Theater, named after Otto Rene Castillo, is hosting the American premier of Even Under Bitterness, a multi-media performance piece featuring twelve of Castillo’s warmly political and always moving poems.
Performance dates: May 6 – 15, 2016. Friday and Saturday shows at 7:30 PM. Sunday, May 8 at 2 PM. Sunday, May 15 at 4:30 PM.