A Tribute to the Filipino People, EDSA Revolution

a poem by Elizabeth Padillo Olesen, Denmark

A Tribute to the Filipino People
EDSA Revolution


Such a courage
you have displayed
in confronting forces of tyranny
You say no to corruption,
dishonesty and degradation
that have long plagued our nation.

You say no to arms,
no to the mighty weapons
of the dictator
and by human barricades
of your million-presence
you give to our land
your bodies as the best sacrifice
that should die if needed
if only to restore
our freedeom and dignity as a people.

With your simple spirit
of faith and prayer,
you have told the world
that not a revolution should
ever be successful
without God who is sought
for peace and direction.

How can I tell you
that I am so proud of you!

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