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8 października 2017
Homage to Kosciuszko by Margarita Schultz
First Prize (Literature) shared with Paweł Dobrucki
Will of Tadeusz Kosciuszko, 5 May 1798.I Thaddeus Kosciuszko being just in my departure from America do hereby declare and direct that should I make no other testamentory disposition of my property in the United States I hereby authorise my friend Thomas Jefferson to employ the whole thereof in purchasing Negroes from among his own or any others and giving them Liberty in my name, in giving them en education in trades or othervise and in having them instructed for their new condition in the duties of morality which may make them good neigh bours good fathers or moders, husbands or vives and in their duties as citisens teeching them to be defenders of their Liberty and Country and of the good order of Society and in whatsoever may Make them happy and useful, and I make the said Thomas Jefferson my executor of this. T. Kosciuszko

Margarita Schultz, Argentina, Homage to Kosciuszko

because the wind can not be a wind
if it is enslaved…
the wind should blow free
to be the Lord of Space

because a tree can not be a tree
if it is enslaved…
roots and branches and leaves
should be able to choose
the space to grow in freedom

because the birds are not entirely birds
if they are enslaved…
its wings were intended to move free
to play with the wind
and sleep in the friendly branches of the tree
when the sunset
knocks
the door of the afternoon

wings should never beat
the bars of a cage

because a man can not be a man
if he has been enslaved…
he should blow free like the wind
or grow free like trees in the forest
and fly free
like those birds playing with the wind

and, those who dare
to sentence his brothers to slavery

they will have to withstand
the incalculable weight
of the bitter tears
during years repressed
in the deep sadness of the hearts
of those enslaved men


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