Selected Poems and Literary Works

From “Nicaraguan Canto”

Ernesto Cardenal


I am a poet,
an army of poets.
And today I want to write a poem,
a whistle poem
a rifle poem.
To stick to the doors,
in prison cells,
on school walls.
Today I want to build and destroy,
to raise hope on scaffolds.
Wake the child
archangel of swords,
be lightning, thunder,
with a hero’s stature
to root out, raze
the rotten roots of my people.