Winds of the People carry me along

“Winds of the People carry me along”

2012

C/Algarrobo

A large and colourful work from the first edition of the San Isidro Murals. The painter pays tribute to Miguel Hernández through the picture of a young shepherd. From his mouth sprouts the sentence Winds of the People carry me along. Next to him, a static goat by a fig tree. The painting is crowned with the Republican flag above the mountains of Orihuela.

Winds of the people carry me along,
winds of the people pull me along,
they sprinkle my heart about
and bring air to my throat.

Oxen bow down their brows,
impotent and meek,
when punished:
lions raise theirs
and at the same time they inflict punishment
with their clamorous claws.

I am not from a people of oxen,
I am from a people who embody
ancient settlements of lions,
high passes of eagles
and mountain ranges of bulls
bearing pride as their flag.
Oxen never prospered
on the barren plains of Spain.