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POETRY


MY MESSAGE
by Alicia Partnoy

They ask me for my message
as though it were a
cornerstone
or offered some kind of salvation.

My message

Like the postman
like envelopes,
I bring only
facts:
screams
torture
that great injustice,
roots
without water
the disappeared.

My message

If they truly
insist on it
will pour down
like a bitter waterfall
on their bellies.
Then they will either take off walking
or stay
rooted in themselves
waiting
for my Message.

Alicia Partnoy was born in Argentina. During her time as a political prisoner her stories and poems were smuggled out of prison and published anonymously in human rights journals. Since her arrival in the United States, she had lectured extensively at universities and community groups. She is best known as the author of "The Little School: Tales of Disappeareance and Survival in Argentina,"Revenge of the Apple," and "You Can't Drown the Fire: Latin American Women Writing in Exile. "

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