In the round little window, everything is blue, land bluish, blue-green, blue (and sky) everything is blue blue lakes and lagoons blue volcanoes while farther off the land looks bluer blue islands in a blue lake. This is the face of the land liberated. And where all the people fought, I think: for
Ernesto Cardenal is a Catholic priest and Marxist revolutionary from Nicaragua. He is the author of more than thirty-five books, including The Origin of Species and Other Poems (Texas Tech University Press, 2011), Pluriverse: New and Selected Poems (New Directions, 2009), and Cosmic Canticle (Curbstone Books, 2002). His honors include the French Legion of Honor, the Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry, and the Reina Sofia Prize for Latin American Poetry. He lives in Managua, Nicaragua.