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June 17, 2024

Reflections from the Newsreel 04: The Faces of Fidel

By Carl Wade Thompson

Reflections from the Newsreel 04: The Faces of Fidel

Fidel died on Black Friday,
after fifty years of reign.
In Miami, people are dancing,
El Comandante took the Big Sleep.
So many faces in public,
different ways in seeing him dead.
Some celebrate his departure,
wishing him a merry way to Hell.
He was the revolutionary,
fighter against imperialist rule.
The man who oppressed thousands,
while others fled on homemade rafts.
But he taught the island to read,
literacy was at his core.
Healthcare was provided
for both the rich and the poor.
But can you see him clearly,
as the man of guerrilla philosophy?
Or was he just a dictator,
one the Left refuses to see?
So many are sleeping soundly,
knowing the Communist is dead.
No more will the Boogey Man
haunt their dreams in their beds.
How should we judge him?
So many disagree on the past.
Know he was a man of the ages,
let history give his testament.
Many things to many people,
an icon of the times.
For now know Cubans weep,
the Rebel joins Che in the night.

Article © Carl Wade Thompson. All rights reserved.
Published on 2016-12-05
Image(s) are public domain.
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