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By Claribel Alegría

To Susana Chávez Castillo, murdered poet

Impunity extends
over our America
multiplies
demands
turns us indifferent.
They fall in cascade
journalists
poets
writers
they committed the crime
of denouncing crime
and not closing their mouths
and flushing out
assassinations
crimes
rapes
and may the children know
and may the students read it
and the old.
Let’s unite, brothers
let’s unite
we denounce crime
and all those
that want to silence us.
Let’s unite, let’s unite
Impunity advances
and turns us into cowards.
Let’s wake up
brothers
and between us all
gash the neck
of the medusa
to that impunity
its multiple heads
that threaten to swallow us.

(Translated by David Shook)

Spanish