Laura Pollán has died

And now, what do we do?… What right do we have to continue breathing, treading on this Island that she so defended in the face of insults, threats and beatings?… I know that “to die for the Motherland is to live”*, so why are so few interested in living and prefer to live in silence, which is the worst of all deaths?  What stuff was the Lady made of that, if she were granted the opportunity to return and change her position regarding the dictatorship, she would prefer to stay dead in spite of the sorrow of her family and grateful Cubans?

My mother used to tell me that in general good people live short lives, in contrast to the dictators. Could it be that having done one’s duty exonerates you from continuing to suffer? Laura, go in PEACE, you deserve it. We will try to gain that peace that makes us so proud when we speak of you… We will pick up from the ground the gladioli that the hordes tore up, and each of them will give birth to ideas, feelings, unity, millions of flowers protected by the tenderness of your hands…

As you taught us, each tear they made you shed is a hymn that encourages us to not give up. We know that in the morning light you will return for the rest of our days, and that inspires us. Your white figure will be a way of making us recall your attitude and conscience for history…

May we be able to earn that life in which you now live, having justified staying on this Island you defended until death – it will be the only way in which you will live for the Motherland. And then may it not be the dead who raising their arms will still know how to defend her**. It will be us, possessed by your spirit, who will conquer the yearned-for freedom.

Only thus will your death be a lie.

Translator’s notes:
*Words from the Cuban national anthem.
** Words from a Cuban poem.

Translated by: Espirituana

October 15 2011

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