(en) Sub-Comandante Marcos issues another poem

Lyn Gerry (redlyn@loop.com)
Wed, 22 Oct 1997 02:08:35 +0000

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------- Forwarded Message Follows ------- Date: Tue, 21 Oct 1997 23:18:29 -0700 (PDT) From: MichaelP <papadop@peak.org> Subject: Sub-Comandante Marcos issues another poem

This one showed up in the current issue of Social Justice, about which more at the end.

=============================================== Some time ago in an attempt to discredit the Zapatista, Sub-Comandante Marcos, Government officials in Chiapas tried to put forth the idea that Marcos is gay. In a region where machismo still runs strong, it was hoped this would tarnish the leader's credibility.

He responded by writing a poem...

"Yes, Marcos is gay. Marcos is gay in San Francisco Black in South Africa an Asian in Europe, a Chicano in San Ysidro, an anarchist in Spain, a Palestinian in Israel, a Mayan Indian in the streets of San Cristobal, a Jew in Germany, a Gypsy in Poland, a Mohawk in Quebec, a pacifist in Bosnia, a single woman on the Metro at 10 pm a peasant without land, a gang member in the slums, an unemployed worker, an unhappy student and, of course, a Zapatista in the mountains.

Marcos is all the exploited, marginalized, oppressed minorities resisting and saying "Enough". He is every minority who is now beginning to speak and every majority that must shut up and listen. He is every untolerated group searching for a way to speak. Everything that makes power and the good consciences of those in power uncomfortable -- this is Marcos."

Sub-comandante Insurgente Marcos

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