¡NO PASARÁN! THEY SHALL NOT PASS!
Otilia Casco Cruz trans. Dinah Livingstone


Somos libres y no volveremos
a ser esclavos, y amos
porque organizados triunfamos
y venceremos a cualquier invasión.
Con la educación combatiendo, produciendo
triunfaremos, no nos podrán vencer
ni nos doblegarán, si llegan
se fregarán, con la educación
¡No pasarán!


We are free and we won’t go back
to being slaves and masters,
because organised we’ll win
and defeat any invasion.
With education fighting, producing
we shall win, they won’t be able to defeat us
or force us to give in, if they arrive
they’ll be in trouble, with education
they shall not pass!



Acknowledgment: These poems were originally published in "Mujer en Nicaragua"
by Editorial Nueva Nicaragua in association with AMNLAE (Luisa Amanda Espinosa Association of
Nicaraguan Women) (Managua 1984), then published in bilingual edition, translated by Dinah Livingstone,
by the Nicaragua Solidarity Campaign (London 1999).


Copyright © Otilia Casco Cruz 1984 trans. copyright © Dinah Livingstone 1999


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