The Most Cruel

This month’s days are placing their heavy weight on me.  I’ve heard the delegates to the Young Communist League (UJC) congress reading fiery speeches. I’ve seen in the news the “revolutionary reaffirmation acts” in a careful schedule, where every day a workplace, a school, an association or any other group stages a protest to condemn imperialist manipulations; during these demonstrations, the news reporter place their mics in front of people who say things that would scare the hell out of anyone.

At the stage on the Malecon intellectuals and musicians gathered against the foreign media campaign, in a Saturday afternoon marathon in front of a young audience that was there to take advantage of the free entertainment. The celebration of the victory in Playa Giron (the Bay of Pigs) became the “people’s reaffirmation” to continue down the path of Fidel and Raul’s socialism. The elections of the municipal delegates mutated into a massive condemnation of the imperialist’s manipulations. On May 1st,  the Plaza of the Revolution will host a million people marching to show their support to their Revolution and their Socialism.

In the middle of all that revelry, Guillermo Farinas is dying in Santa Clara.

The poet T.S Elliot has given me the words I needed: April is the cruelest month.

Translated by Mailyn Salabarria

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