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I Am The Land: A Poem In Memory of Oscar Romero

DSC06129.JPGI Am The Land: A Poem In Memory of Oscar Romero

I am the land.
I am the grass growing.
I am the trees.
I am the wind, the voice calling.
I am the poor.
I am the hungry.

The doors of the church are open
as wide as the heart of a man.
In times of trouble
here is a rock, here is a hand.

God knows the meaning of our prayers.
I have asked our government to listen.
God is not dead
and I will not die.

I am the land.
I am the grass growing.
I am the trees.
I am the wind, the voice calling.
I am the poor.
I am the hungry.

He who is resurrected is revolutionary.
He who is resurrected is revolutionary.
He who is resurrected believes in peace.
This is the meaning of light.
This is the meaning of love.

The souls of my people are the pages of history.
The people of El Salvador are the people of the world.

I am Oscar Romero, a humble servant.
I am the land.
I am all the people who have no land.
I am the grass growing.
I am all the children who have been murdered.
I am the trees.
I am the priests, the nuns, the believers.
I am the wind, the voice calling.
I am the poets who will sing forever.
I am the poor.
I am the dreamer whose dreams overflow with hope.
I am the hungry.
I am the people.
I am Oscar Romero.

from Whispers Secrets and Promises (1998) by E. Ethelbert Miller

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2 comments on “I Am The Land: A Poem In Memory of Oscar Romero

  1. Thanks for sharing. I’m a big fan of Oscar Romero. I might repost this to my blog some time.

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  2. From reading your post, I thought you might be interested in a music video we have produced on Archbishop Oscar Romero. You may view the video on YouTube, or on our website http://www.TheMartyrsProject.com The singer is Michael Glen Bell and the film maker is Owen M. Thomas. Feel free to share or embed the video or to comment upon the song or The Project.

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