Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Fwd: [SOA~2013] A Tribute to the Palestinian People - "If We Must Die"


A Tribute to the Palestinian People

To the innocent civilians – men, women and children, whose blood are watering the sacred and ancient soils of Palestine

To Justice and civilised values

To the rejections of racism and fascism

To the rejection of foreign occupations of Palestinian land

To the exorcism of the Third Reich

To peace and prosperity for the peoples of the Middle East


"If We Must Die"


By Clause McKay


If we must die,

let it not be like hogs

Hunted and penned in an inglorious spot,

While round us bark the mad and hungry dogs,

Making their mock at our accursed lot.


If we must die, O let us nobly die

So that our precious blood may not be shed

In vain; then even the monsters we defy

Shall be constrained to honor us though dead!


O kinsmen! We must meet the common foe!


Though far outnumbered let us show us brave,

And for their thousand blows deal one death blow!


What though before us lies the open grave?


Like men we’ll face the murderous, cowardly pack,

Pressed to the wall, dying, but fighting back!



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Source: Claude McKay, “If We Must Die,” in Harlem Shadows: The Poems of Claude McKay (New York: Harcourt, Brace and Co., 1922).




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