who work for peace with justice
public form of love"
it has been called
than speak the truth
are the truth.
known or obscure
are themselves refutations
the lies of the violent
have paid the ultimate price).
so, my friend,
when we first meet
we not surely know each other
only a few words are spoken?
being there gives me hope
than helps me to know
not yet do I need
feel completely alone.
SABIÁ is the name of a group
of four women nueva canción singers/musicians who worked
in the peace movement opposing President Reagan's Central America
program. They have long since gone their separate ways. The poem
above was adapted from my personal "send-off" for their
Latin America tour sometime in the late 80s:
If we think about it long enough, we find
that those who work for peace with justicethe public
form of love, as it has been calledmore than speak the
truth; they are the truth. Whether known or obscure, they
are themselves refutations of the lies of the violent; thus
they are dangerousmany have paid the ultimate price.
Truth takes other forms, toohope and
joy being those which renew us in the struggle, and song to
remind us of those who have gone before.
And so, dear SABIÁ, you are also the
truth. Your messages of peace and love have guided me on my
own journey, and for your being in the world, I am profoundly