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Jeanne Gauna and Che Guevara

Posted by O'Maolchaithaigh on February 5, 2008

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I think about Jeanne Gauna
and Cuba and Che Guevara
Little brown woman
with the huge smile
tiny NM town Jeanne
in big city Albuquerque
trips to Cuba
(the country, not the town)
sugar cane and rum
new houses new clinics
I think about Jeanne’s velorio
about her friend the priest
he said her language was
colorful
but he spoke of her work
tireless fighter for justice
a revolutionary
a friend

Jaime was there too
he’d been crying
I didn’t recognize him
sunken red eyes
behind dark glasses
Is he on drugs
I wondered oddly
I barely knew him
but he knew Jeanne
fellow traveler
husband Eric smiling
he smiles like Jeanne
after years with her
what else could he do?
son Karlos was there
Karlitos grown to man
fighter for justice

A revolutionary never dies
Che lives Jeanne lives
revolutionaries touch people
in ways we don’t imagine
until they’re gone
our lives are different
we remember them
we dream their dreams
we feel them near
we miss them
we carry on

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3 Responses to “Jeanne Gauna and Che Guevara”

  1. zouxzoux said

    Very poignant–I especially like the last stanza.

  2. O'Maolchathaigh said

    Thanks!

  3. Hi, I work at the SouthWest Organizing Project in Albuquerque. The org that Jeanne founded, this year we are honoring women in the community with the Jeanne Gauna Social Justice Spirit Award, I’m wondering if we can use this wonderful poem as a part of the award program? Please email me at Rodrigo@swop.net

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