I’ve handed out underground leaflets,
Shouting Long Live Freedom! in the middle of the street
Defying the armed guards.
I took part in the April Rebellion:
But I grow pale when I pass by your house
And one glance from you makes me tremble.
According to Jonathan Cohen, editor of Cardenal’s Pluriverse: New and Selected Poems, Cardenal is “widely recognized as the most important living Latin American poet.”