Liberty Square /
Praça da Liberdade
Period Covered: 1950 - 2013
Message to Birth Land
Ver: 22 March 2013\AG\MW
1-Remember me still now that I have gone?
To distant world invisible from view,
To my chosen land and my chosen dreams,
Far from your voices,
and from all your might.
2-I am now where you can no longer reach me,
fade from sight, but do not fade from mind!
False accusations distance have to fly,
Then sound like murmurs, whispers on the wind.
3-Now that you can no longer stone my dreams
Or disclaim my mind with all your distant
I’ve made my image sheer as a mirage,
That floats so still and far away from touch.
4-As strangers there we lived in our surrounds,
But never could you breech our private home;
The perfect life we lived - when with our own,
Happy for us, complete and full of warmth.
5-Old home I loved, just mine, within your town
That gave me berth and sanctuary to bloom,
niche protected, from strangers’ cruel world,
Wherein for years I had to be and grow.
6-Parents created, our own wonderland,
Of peace and beauty where alone we lived;
But when I stepped into your world outside,
I found a jungle of Aggression- trees.
7-Those who gave me means to choose new life,
Through days of pain far from me had to live;
They saved me from the torment of your fields;
my fate in happier grounds afar.
8-My perfect life that there existed then,
bonds eternal in my mind;
To which I come but little I do find,
To which I’m bound by memory’s great might.
9-Parents are gone to float elsewhere unseen,
No more exist but still I search
Their image now I struggle to protect,
By telling the true story of our lives.
10-And thus embraced by the bonds of memory,
I carry on the mark of heritage,
In my own blood, as well as in my mind,
Head raised in pride, and love within my heart.
11-So now I’m gone, and you no longer can,
Child persecutors, bullies and other fiends,
my life, my heart, and all my days,
You’ve lost your power; in time that was my gain.
12-Now my horizons other have become
And your horizons are nothing but my past;
I contemplate such fresh and pleasant
Of flowers growing in gardens of life.
13-In me you found
no dormant, passive foe.
I had the strength to flourish and to fly;
Grow strong in mind through effort and through work,
Make a new world in which to live and thrive.
14-I break my silence, of so many years,
To speak out loud, let words my thoughts express;
And see me now, your world, no longer may,
just a spectre roaming her birth-land.
15-I won’t be quiet, now I won’t be still,
I’ll tell my tale, compose my story will;
My words shall live, through time, they will survive,
And give our story
its eternal life.
16-I’ll not let injury alone exist,
version of our lives shall so be freed;
I’ll throw my story, to the winds of time,
To challenge myths and so expose your lies.
17-Infamous accusers! Calumny !
Dared re-invent the story of my life,
But your falsehoods can never proven be,
Forbears are gone; what more can you do me?
18-Your hurtful words, that were so deeply felt,
Have lost their strength, fall flat upon the ground;
Through time and distance has my freedom come,
The past is dead, too late for thought or grief.
19-My silent words, are all that now can speak,
When written down; so I have learned to use;
to retort, send verse to hearing eyes,
To those who never thought I’d raise my voice.
20-Beware birth-land of me on distant shores
As final war between us is declared
I’m on my guard against your future
And have thus raised my battle Tacapé.
warriors sprung from common lands
Are born to fight and never to give in
Tradition makes us hate where we see hate
It is our nature and there’s no escape.
© ALP Gouthier, 2010