To sin by silence, when we should protest, Makes cowards out of men. The human race Has climbed on protest. Had no voice been raised Against injustice, ignorance and lust, The Inquisition yet would serve the law, And guillotines decide our least disputes. The few who dare, must speak and speak again To right the […]

The Poet’s Obligation

By Pablo Neruda

(1904 – 1973)

English version by Alistair Reed


To whoever is not listening to the sea this Friday morning, to whoever is cooped up in house or office, factory or woman or street or mine or harsh prison cell: to him I come, and, without speaking or looking, I arrive and […]

I Dream a World

By Langston Hughes

I dream a world where man No other man will scorn, Where love will bless the earth And peace its paths adorn. I dream a world where all Will know sweet freedom’s way, Where greed no longer saps the soul Nor avarice blights our day. A world I dream where black or […]

Horse as Metaphor

Horses are associated both with the sun in that they pull the chariots of sun gods, and with the moon in that they are seen in ocean waves which are subject to tides. They denote power and strength, as well as freedom. Because they can learn to communicate with humans (especially humans who attempt to […]