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remember the turn of events
that can free a people
and make for community

young rebels left a message
telling how to do it
it's not rocket science

old rebels now rest in the shade
and mercenaries round up children
to hold the world hostage

but events will turn again
for all the might and all the wealth
cannot beat or buy the rebel's love

Peter Buknatski
Montpelier, Vt.
(Happy Cuban Revolution!)

Peter Buknatski

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The following comments are for "Sierra Maestra"
by PeteySweety

Cuban Revolution?
The message of defiance and revolution rings loud and clear in this poem about Sierra Maestra, Mr. Buknatski. Sierra Maestra is a beautiful mountain range, but your reference to the Cuban revolution and the date seems a bit unclear?

Vermont is your current home state? I have heard that Vermont's revolution against the United States of America has already been put into motion, is that true?

Is Vermont still planning on seceding from the union of the United States of America?

Good poetry.


( Posted by: Boudica [Member] On: January 3, 2009 )

CUBAN terrain...
Hi Petey,

Fascinating poem...that sort of terrain would be the perfect place for guerrilla warfare and revolution, but I think that Boudica missed the greater point and actual meaning of your poem...or did she? If you are an activist I can relate to what you say from one stand point but if you are a conservative this may have a whole other meaning, very clever really what you have going here, the most simple things can cause the greatest analysis but in the end, be just simple as thought of to begin with, such is life;-)

Would you be so kind as to enlighten us PeteySweety, please. And, yes, I too, heard that Vermont was seceding from the USA...interesting. Is that the feeling of all Vermont citizens or but a small faction of political reformists? I am fascinated by it all, but I must confess know very little about any of what goes on on a day to day Vermont political level.

I love this poem, so full of interpretive possibilities...simple, yet so well written.


( Posted by: TheRealKarmaTseringLhamo [Member] On: January 3, 2009 )

re: Cuban revolution
Not so great for me either, but it was a good poem!


( Posted by: OchaniLele [Member] On: January 3, 2009 )

Sierra Maestra
Well, as far as Vermont seceding--this poem is NOT about that. Revolutionaries are supposed to love the people. Too many WHITE Lefties in this country have contempt and outright hatred for the people (working people). They want to be leaders, insiders; they want the Black Man (Obama) to kiss their white asses and give them more connections and more entitlements. Calling the people rednecks and yahoos and Joe 6-packs is polarization, not revolution. Seceding from the union is an elitist 'drop-out' approach to fighting the bad guys. If you are a revolutionary, it is simple--you work 'with' the people; you do not exclude them because you have 'class issues'--White Leftie again. I'm giving Obama a lot of slack, but I think in order to undo some of the terrible shit this country has
been handed (or embraced), it's going to be a fight that includes people from all political and social positions. It's not going to get better for anyone if the American Left stands back and continues to whine about its own dis-empowerment. How can people relate to a revolution that says: "I want mine and I want more; fuck you working class!--you're all Republicans!" I think that's called Class Warfare, not Revolution. Sometimes I think the White Left here is having Bush-Withdrawel. Maybe there's a curative drug for it--from the jungles of Central and South America, no doubt. Thanks for the comments.


( Posted by: PeteySweety [Member] On: January 4, 2009 )

The country is f'd-up because we've let Capitalism run amock. Unrestrained (and unregulated) Capitalism is like like a two year old on speed. You have to clean up after the brat--it's called BAIL-OUT.

( Posted by: PeteySweety [Member] On: January 8, 2009 )

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