Patriotic poetry

I interrupt the regularly scheduled blog to stare out the window and point you in the direction of some election-inspired poetry. En vez de escribir una publicación original hoy, contemplo las hojas de otoño y les comparto unos poemas patrióticos en la noche antes de un evento clave en Estados Unidos.

Primero, en inglés...

I cannot reprint these poems in their entirety, so I'll give you the link. The Poetry Foundation has a whole collection of politics-inspired items, and here is one that I liked:

Poem (I lived in the first century of world wars) by Muriel Rukeyser:

"I lived in the first century of world wars.

Most mornings I would be more or less insane,

The newspapers would arrive with their careless stories,

The news would pour out of various devices

Interrupted by attempts to sell products to the unseen... "

And another by Roque Dalton, poet from El Salvador (1935-1975), called "How to sing to you, fatherland."

No puedo copiar todo el poema, así que les comparto este enlace para que lean unos poemas de Roque Dalton, el poeta Salvadoreño, como éste, Como Cantarte Patria:

"...Porque es la patria punto de partida,

básica piedra tumultuaria extendiéndose,

savia y semilla de la floresta cantadora del hombre,

misiva leal hacia aglomeraciones fraternas y ecuménicas.

Así nos surge el canto

y la patria renace junto a cada palabra..."

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