being communist

It’s great being a communist
although it gives you many headaches.
Because communists’ headaches
are historical, that is
they won’t go away with painkillers
only with the realisation of Paradise on Earth.
That’s how it is.
Under capitalism our heads hurt
and our heads are ripped off.
In the struggle for Revolution the head is a delayed-action bomb.

In the construction of socialism
we plan for the headache
which doesn’t alleviate it – quite the contrary.
Communism will be, among other things,
an aspirin the size of the sun.


-Roque Dalton –


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