‘Speak’ by Faiz Ahmad Faiz (as read by David Barsamian on October 12 IN Missoula)

Speak; for your lips are free

Speak; your tongue, even now, is yours

This lithe body remains your own

Speak; for your life, even now, is yours.

Look, for in the ironworker’s shop

Flames do rage; the iron is red

The locks have started to come undone;

…Every link of the chain is opening.

Speak; this little time is enough

Before the end of your body and your voice

Speak; for truth lives on even now

Speak; what you have to say – say it.

Hoping you will use your voice to vote, to choose fair trade and to take every opportunity to speak up for peace and justice…Betsy