Saturday, September 29, 2012

There Should be a Bridge

There Should be a Bridge / Jeovany Jimenez Vega
Jeovany J. Vega, Translator: Unstated

It's not their best song but the theme cuts me to the bone. I listen
again to the Arjona clip and again I shiver, I get up and punish the
keyboard with a pain that hurts me, a pain that I try to put into words
but can't, because 50 years already seems like too much time and too
many dashed hopes, scattered, promised and postponed, shipwrecked in the
Straits even today.

First and core cause of each and every one of the deaths suffered by the
rafters in the narrow gap, the travel ban was always a slap on the
cheek, my only people divided in two, more than by the Gulf Stream, by
the storms of intolerance. Due to this vilifying the professional and
the athlete as a "deserter"; citizens served up a la carte, Spanish or
Mesopotamian, who suddenly take advantage of their distant pedigree; the
hookers who leave trafficking their bodies; selling their spit of the
silence of cowards who fake it for crumbs; I see how the dignity of so
many Cubans is prostituted.

Family separation caused by migration policy which the Cuban government
has imposed for over half a century deserved to be categorized as a
crime against humanity in whatever forum is respected. No other
arbitrariness, among those held by the Cuban government during this time
has been so traumatic and harmful to the people who experience it.

I say the people, because their selective nature strengthens their
outrageous nuance: while depriving the people of their genuine right to
travel, senior politicians and government wander the world, along with
their children, wives, and — why not? — their lovers; they leave and
return openly under cover of official missions or as managers of phantom
firms and no one know what they do, and if these enjoy their
scholarships in Europe, while those pass through Cancun, while I and
mine have never gone farther than Matanzas.

It's been over a year since Raul Castro publicly announced that his
government would implement changes, which he did not specify, and the
travel and immigration mechanisms, but already we are looking out from
our subtle autumn and he gives the impression he doesn't care, that they
still have an entire lifetime to achieve the reunification of the Cuban

Every day that passes without the doors opening will be a shameful day
and a new temptation for disgrace. Rarely was a leader at such a
crossroads having in his hands, so clearly, the power to fix it; today
the responsibility rests on his shoulders for every new death in the
Straits as until yesterday Fidel Castro was responsible for implementing
and maintaining intact for half a century this monster that causes so
much pain in my people, that has essentially caused the most dramatic
exodus in Cuban history.

There they tell of the mourning of the mothers and the absences and the
look of the orphaned and dead children. Now is the time to vindicate,
unconditionally, this right of the Cuban people! Anyone who opposes it
at this time will be tried inexorably before history and found guilty
for this slow genocide.

But while the power calculates in the shadows, I live with a recurring
dream: in the midst of a vast and peaceful sea, on a bridge without
borders or tolls two children gaze with clear eyes, offering diaphanous
smiles, embracing without fear and forgetting everything. Sitting on a
pile of new dreams they contemplate a warm sun that comes close to the
edge of the common horizon, "The dawn is here brother," they say, "the

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