Wednesday, April 13, 2005

red milk rises from the ash

Moment of truth: i have long resisted linking red milk to anything technological, besides the requisite Xerox machine. But as i commence travels over the next year, i hope to continue to facilitate some interweavings of words, and a blog is the best option. i plan on writing as often as inspired. As always, feel free to contribute. To christen leche roja (red milk in Spanish for those who prefer less ambiguity), i offer an excerpt from Guatemalan poet Julia Esquivel, who reminds us that "homeland is an altar, not a pedestal":

my dear, wealthy sister,
black or white,
from the United States,
means accepting the scandal of the cross,
descending from the pedestal,
leaving all economic securities
and dying a little every day
so that others might live.

Only then
will you ascend again in flight
"higher than the condor and the stately eagle"
and above all the towers of Babel
you will demolish the walls
of class,
and sex.
Only then
will you know liberty,
and will you be able to add
your little bit of justice
to build the New World
where at last Peace will reign.

-from "Sister, Woman of Faith," begun in 1968 and completed in 1984

Now will my journey begin.


Blogger Zeth said...

"All shall be well, and all shall be well,
and all manner of things shall be well"

Which means hello from the dark side of the pond and good luck with the blog and everything.

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