The Right to Live in Peace
By: Orthón Perez, summer of 2004
[Translation by Reverend Delle McCormick of poem from CAMYN, Altar-Sonora, MX]
In memory of those who went to look for a better life, yet only
encountered death . . .
In memory of those who risked everything and lost everything. . .
Of those who went with hope in their eyes and challenge in their souls . . .
The sun burned them and the desert devoured them.
And the dust erased their names and faces.
In memory of those who never returned . . .
We offer these flowers and say with the deepest respect . . .
Your thirst is our thirst,
Your hunger is our hunger,
Your pain is our pain,
Your anguish, bitterness, and agony
Are also ours.
We are a cry for justice that no one would ever have to leave their land,
From out of the silence comes a voice that speaks. . .
So that no one will ever have to look for their dream in other lands,
So that no one would ever have to go to the desert and be consumed by
A voice in the desert cries out . . .
Education for all!
Opportunity for all!
Jobs for all!
Bread for all!
Freedom for all!
Justice for all!
We are a voice that will not be lost on the desert . . .
That insists that the nation give equal opportunity to a dignified and
fruitful life to all its children.