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At a Loss

So many eulogies
I tried already

I wanted to write
yesterday when
they found you
dismembered like
Túpaj Katari

You were my hero

What to say?
what words for
the deed?
what words
for the dead and
the living?

The Arabic you
spoke like a
second skin

¡Ay! mi amor ¿será
así siempre? gente
como vos, humana,
hermosa, muerta en
una guerra de barbarie

Our humanity-
what’s left-let’s
make an offering of
song for our shining star
burnt out in Babylon

Margaret Hassan-
how do we go on?
we must not collapse
as you never did

But who will repay
this debt?
What we
owe to those who
do and die
without safety

Patron saint reborn
we mourn you we
love you like our
mother we are
your orphaned
children bereft

and adrift in this
beastly sea of death

FORREST HYLTON is conducting doctoral research in history in Bolivia. He can be reached at forresthylton@hotmail.com.

 

 

Forrest Hylton teaches history and politics at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, and is the author of Evil Hour in Colombia (Verso 2006), which has won him many friends and influenced even more people. He is a member of the Asociación Sindical de Profesores Universitarios (ASPU) de Colombia.

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