Dom Pedro Casaldáliga

Listen…

“… Chamar-me-ão de subversivo/
Eu responderei incisivo:/
O sou. Pelo meu povo que luta,/
Pelo meu povo que trilha apressado/
Caminhos de sofrimento./
Eu tenho fé de guerrilheiro/
E amor de revolução./
E entre Evangelho e canção/
Penso, e digo o que sei./
Se escandalizo, primeiro/
Eu me abrasei de Paixão/
Na cruz do meu Senhor!”

Dom Pedro Casaldáliga

(Call me subversive
I unhesitatingly declare:
I am. For my people who fight.
For my people who rush down
Paths of suffering.
I have the faith of a warrior
And revolutionary love
And between Evangel and song
I think, and tell you what I know.
If I am a scandal, first
I embrace the Passion
On the cross of my Lord.)

(loose paraphrase… I’m not quite to the level of this Spaniard who write poetry in both Spanish and Portuguese – and beautiful ones at that… maybe someday…)

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