Landless Voices -> Sights & Voices -> By media -> Poems

English | Português

The Sights and Voices of Dispossession: The Fight for the Land and the Emerging Culture of the MST (The Movement of the Landless Rural Workers of Brazil)


English (mude para Português)

This page:

Emerging culture by media type -> Poems 46 resources (Edited by Else R P Vieira. Translation © Bernard McGuirk.)

PreviousPrevious    resource: 29 of 46    Next

This resource is also listed in:

History: Marches, defining moments, congresses
History: Massacres and martyrs


Ademar Bogo


Poem written through the march of Bahia - 1998

What shall we tell our children?
When the meal is over,
When the work is done,
What hope is there in life?
Are we to tell that governors are good?
That the police are the people's friends?
That the coffins of our murdered comrades
Are the will of the Creator?

If we do so
One day there'll be
No meal
There'll be no hope
No life for our children.
What then shall we say to them?
That everything belongs to "Sir"?
That we are all brothers?
And that only dreamers die?

We can stay no longer quiet.
The time for victory is now,
The day has come to fight,
And not to die.
The only way to vanquish death
Is to confront it.
The only way to win is fight,
The only road to justice,
Is to struggle on.
And so we'll live forever.


November 2002

Resource ID:


Anthology of poems
A first-hand selection, unpublished in Brazil and elsewhere. A militant poetics; the social and political importance of the poet-singer (cantador), the construction of a canon of exclusion; the landless woman; the theme of death as life's horizon; the pedagogic project.
Else R P Vieira

		to Queen Mary University Of London welcome page

Landless Voices hosted by the
School of Languages, Linguistics and Film
Queen Mary University Of London, UK

Project Director & Academic Editor: Else R P Vieira
Web Site Producer: John Walsh
Web Site created: January 2003
Last updated: July 5th 2016