Nosotras Somos / We are the ones

Por June Jordan  [English below] For Audio Click here

Poema para mujeres sudafricanas/ Poem for South African Women

En conmemoración a las 40,000 mujeres y niñ@s quienes en el 9 de agosto de 1956, se presentaron en protesta contra el “dompass*” en la capital de la segregación racial. Presentado en las Naciones Unidas el 9 de agosto de 1978

Nuestras sombras desaparecen a medida que los pies de miles
por decenas de miles pisan la tierra en barbecho
convirtiendo en polvo nuevo que
elevándose como un maravilloso polen
será fértil
incluso como la primera mujer susurrando
a su alrededor  a los árboles
para  brotar fruta virtuosa
deliberadamente defendiendo la vida
como ningún otro todavía
reclamará inferior a cualquier otra seguridad
en el mundo

Los susurros también
íntimo al oído más íntimo de cada espíritu
ahora despertaron
gimiendo en afirmación feroz
de toda amplitud pacífica y amorosa
suena un calor indudablemente ilimitado
de un humo bautismal donde sí
habrá fuego

Y los bebés dejan de alarmarse cuando sus madres
levantando los brazos
Y el corazón tan alto como las estrellas hasta ahora invisibles
aunque arrojadas en el universo
una movimiento constante
irreversible como años luz
viajando a  libremente
a la vista

Y quién se unirá a esto de pie
y l@s que estuvieron sin dulce compañía
cantarán y cantarán
de vuelta a las montañas y
si es necesario
incluso debajo de el mar

Nosotras somos las que hemos estado esperando

*’dompass’ literalmente significa ‘tonta libreta’. Todas las personas de raza negra fuera de los límites de las áreas designadas por el gobierno, tenían la obligación legal de llevar libretas, a veces conocidas como libros de ‘referencia’. La policía podían detener a cualquier persona y demandar ver la libreta.

June Jordan:  Jamaico-americana, nació en Harlem, en 1936. Murió en Berkeley, California, en 2002. Además de poeta, fue ensayista, docente en la Universidad de Berkeley,  y activista por los derechos civiles. June Jordan  fundó Poesía para la Gente

Fué distinguida en Who is Who en Estados Unidos de America desde 1984 hasta su fallecimiento.

Poem for South African Women

In commemoration of the 40,000 women and children who, August 9, 1956, presented themselves in bodily protest against the “dompass” in the capital of apartheid. Presented at The United Nations, August 9, 1978

Our own shadows disappear as the feet of thousands
by the tens of thousands pound the fallow land
into new dust that
rising like a marvelous pollen will be
fertile
even as the first woman whispering
imagination to the trees around her made
for righteous fruit
from such deliberate defense of life
as no other still
will claim inferior to any other safety
in the world

The whispers too they
intimate to the inmost ear of every spirit
now aroused they
carousing in ferocious affirmation
of all peaceable and loving amplitude
sound a certainly unbounded heat
from a baptismal smoke where yes
there will be fire

And the babies cease alarm as mothers
raising arms
and heart high as the stars so far unseen
nevertheless hurl into the universe
a moving force
irreversible as light years
traveling to the open
eye

And who will join this standing up
and the ones who stood without sweet company
will sing and sing
back into the mountains and
if necessary
even under the sea
 
we are the ones we have been waiting for

*’dompass’ which literally means ‘dumb pass’. All black people outside the confines of their government designated areas were legally required to carry passbooks, sometimes known as ‘reference’ books. Police officers could apprehend any black person and ask to see it

June Jordan: Jamaican-American,  born in Harlem in 1936. She died in Berkeley, California, in 2002. In addition to being a poet, she was an essayist, teacher at UC Berkeley, and civil rights activist. June Jordan founded Poetry for the People.

She was included in Who’s Who in America from 1984 until her death

About awakinOAK

Intentionally located in east Oakland -- to, on the one hand, overcome institutionalized violence and on the other hand, be showered by the multicultural love and wisdom from neighbors-- this small community strives for integral nonviolence and supports activities that foster fearlessness, courage, autonomy, unconditional love and compassion for all beings. Every Friday for the last 10 years, the anchors of Awakin Oakland, host "Wednesdays on Fridays", an open-house meditation night that was inspired by a family in Santa Clara who has been doing this for close to 23 years [2020] No teachers or gurus. No set agendas or proposed beliefs either. Just one strong principle -- when you change within, the world changes
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