A Poem & A Poster

Para Nosotros Siempre es 26

(For Us, It is Always the 26th of July)

By: Carlos Puebla

"Always the 26th"

The Moncada showed us

The way to go

And ever since that exalted example

For us it is always the 26th

Always the 26th, always the 26th

For us it is always the 26th.

 

The homeland is song and love

The homeland is struggle and duty

And in all that has to do with patriotism

For us it is always the 26th

Always the 26th, always the 26th

For us it is always the 26th

 

Only creative work

Is the way to grow

And in the question of work

For us it is always the 26th

Always the 26th, always the 26th

For us it is always the 26th.

 

Ideology is the motor

For advancing and overcoming

And as far as ideology is concerned

For us it is always the 26th

Always the 26th, always the 26th

For us it is always the 26th.

 

Consciousness and strength

Triumphed over yesterday

And ever since that very instant

For us it is always the 26th

Always the 26th, always the 26th

For us it is always the 26th.

 

Translated by Aviva Chomsky  //  pp. 300 - 301 in The Cuba Reader  //  Homemade poster found on a telephone in the Vedado neighborhood.