La Brega

Spanish for the posture you assume

When the odds are against you from birth,

When foreign aid assumes a permanent role

In your community

Because it seems unlikely that you’ll ever

Prosper without it,

When people celebrate your capacity

To suffer,

To be hard pressed and not crushed.

Songs of struggle should not be sung

By every generation-

Today we have different sets of problems

Yet the cries in the streets

Sound awfully familiar.

Surely we can imagine a world

Where our kids don’t have to be

Freedom fighters too

Aluta continua?

Sure, we have no choice today

But ’til when?

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