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Chile Stadium by Victor Jara. This poem is about the infamous detention centers set up by the SOA after the CIA/ Pepsi assisted assination of Salvadore Allende. Hugo Chavez knows this could happen in Venezuela. Circulate the movie, watch the movie , and write the embassy before anything happens. Call your congressman, tell them we know already. Protest the SOA!!! This could happen here and we must safeguard all freedoms as ours are so impinged upon these days!!! Let them know the whole world is watching!!! Resist!
Chile Stadium
(Lines composed between 12-15 September 1973, just before Jara was murdered by the Pinochet regime).
By Victor Jara


There are five thousand of us here
in this little part of the city.
We are five thousand.
I wonder how many we are in all
In the cities and in the whole country?
Here alone
are ten thousand hands which plant seeds
and make the factories run.
How much humanity
exposed to hunger, cold, panic, pain
moral pressures, terror and insanity?
Six of us were lost
as if into starry space.
One dead, another beaten as I could never
have believed
a human being could be beaten.
The other four wanted to end their terror -
one jumping into nothingness,
another beating his head against a wall,
but all with the fixed look of death.
What horror the face of fascism creates!
They carry out their plans with
knife-like precision.
Nothing matters to them.
For them blood equals medals,
slaughter is an act of heroism.
Oh God, is this the world that you created?
For this, your seven days of wonder and work?
Within these four walls only a number exists
which does not progress.
Which slowly will wish more and more for death.
But suddenly my conscience awakes
and I see this tide with no heartbeat,
only the pulse of machines
and the military showing their midwives' faces
full of sweetness
Let Mexico, Cuba and the world
cry out against this atrocity!
We are ten thousand hands
which can produce nothing.
How many of us in the whole country?
The blood of our companero Presidente
will strike with more strength than bombs
and machine guns!
So will our fist strike again.
How hard it is to sing
When I sing a song of horror.
Horror which I am living
Horror which I am dying.
To see myself among so much
and so many moments of infinity
in which silence and screams
are the end of my song.
What I see I have never seen
What I have felt and what I feel
will give birth to the moment......






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correct web address 04.Dec.2003 00:13

reader

correct web address for radical poetry society is  http://radicalpoetrysociety.blogspot.com/

peace.

Thank You Reader 04.Dec.2003 00:40

migratory bird

Thank you for correcting that.

Also I should amend one other thing

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