Shades of Che

The Chiboney people

Shades of Che Guevara
Still linger in Old Havana
Paint chipped and worn
On those revolutionary walls
A reminder to stand on guard
From colonizers and capitalists
Who destroyed the Indigenous People
(and will again, they’re addicted to greed)
Brought African slaves
To dig gold for a Spanish King
Fidel, always present, like Chavez
Revolutionary, Marxist/Leninist
Thorns in the sides of imperialists
Waiting, ready, to protect the people
From hurricane winds of capitalism
Social programs abound
Citizens first, quality vs quantity
A country that dared to be different
Caribbean winds blow freely, and
The shades of Che: hero, soldier,
Freedom fighter, spirit of the revolution,
Can be felt
In the heartbeat of Cuban People.

Charles has been a social activist for 35 years. He can be reached at : Read other articles by Charles.