Signs on the Malecon – A Villanelle for Fidel

The Malecon, an 8km seawall and esplanade in Havana, Cuba, during Hurricane Ike

Signs on the Malecon (A Villanelle for Fidel)
Nature gives, and gives life and health, said one. 
But to the leashed and detained, the sea spits 
On and on the Malecon; few have won. 

Their free reign sealed with the kiss of a gun; 
Branded with beards, cigars, men with raised fists. 
Nature gives, and gives life and health, said one. 

Once rich men prospered, captured, sparing none. 
Then poor men ruled out ballots; chased faggots 
On and on the Malecon; few have won 

When history absolves what teachers shun; 
When a leader never accounts or quits. 
Nature gives, and gives life and health, said one 

As the island's facade fades in the sun, 
And forests of flags accuse old interests 
On and on the Malecon; few have won. 

The spider's wicked web is tightly spun; 
Dreams imposed, inserted through open slits. 
Nature gives, and gives life and health, said one 
On and on the Malecon; few have won.

Darwin Franks, January 2007.
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About Darwin Franks

Filmmaker, Cinephile, Writer, Athiest, Civil Servant

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