Soneto Cubano

by Joe Richey

Cuba, I tried to explain, is not just
a place where six square walls reside.
Eleven million people raised on revolution live there today.

Remember Fidel Castro’s campesino army’s triumph January 1, 1959.
Victory is especially sweet
when 75% of your army are liberated sugar workers.

An early tourist of the Cuban Revolution,
Jean Paul Sartre later asks:
“Is building on sugar better than building on sand ?

Born in ’58 the Cuban Revolution, upon those shifting sands,
one month into my first news exposed life,
Fidel Castro took La Habana and lit one big fat stogie,

Like my grandfather did that day for different reasons,
More to do with smoke than sugar.