By Jason Montana
Open your eyes to the power of the people and the
arms they bear
Of sacrament and gun and a story living in their
How different is the violence of the ruling classes and
their foreign masters
In their social system of exploitation and oppression!
The people’s war is violence of symbol and war:
Of seed sprouting from crushing rock and earth;
Of sun pushing out a sky full of dead stars;
Of mother and child struggling against the darkness of
It is of Yahweh confirming the nothingness of evil and
When he stunned the precision and finality of his
And his mighty wind raised the Son of Man from the
Rehearsals of revolution are these deeds of sun and seed
and human birth,
And of Jesus glorious from the tomb, above all.
A great story is told, of driving force, and the people
The poet wrote this piece as a member of the New People’s Army. Prior to joining the NPA, Fr. Paco Albano was a Benedictine priest who co-founded the underground Christians for National Liberation (CNL) that organized church peoples against Ferdinand Marcos’s tyrannical Martial Law and to wage the National Democratic Revolution. After many years in the underground, he resumed his priestly duties and died a priest of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Ilagan (Isabela Province) until his death earlier this month.
“EASTER HOMILY” is part of the poet’s book “Clearing: Poems of People’s Struggles in Northern Luzon” published by the Artista at Manunulat ng Sambayanan, CNL, and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines in 1987.