The Spiral Ladder

Climb over the Wall

Revenge


My personal revenge will be your children’s
right to schooling and to flowers.
My personal revenge will be this song
bursting for you with no more fears.
My personal revenge will be to make you see
the goodness in my people’s eyes,
implacable in combat always
generous and firm in victory.
My personal revenge will be to greet you
‘Good Morning’ in streets with no beggars,
when instead of locking you inside
they say ‘Don’t look so sad’
When you, the torturer,
daren’t lift your head.
My personal revenge will be to give you
these hands you once ill-treated
with all their tenderness intact.

Lois Enrique Meja Goday

Song based on words by Tomàs Borge addressed to his jailers and torturers. After the triumph of the Nicaragua Revolution in 1979 Tomàs Borge became Minister for the Interior and, famously, had his revenge by forgiving them.

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