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Today I have a French-Algerian gay poet for you.

Jean Senac, ‘My People’s Early Rising’

Tu disais des choses faciles
Travailleuse du matin
La forêt poussait dans ta voix
Des arbres si profonds que le cœur s’y déchire
Et connait le poids du chant
La tiédeur d’une clairière
Pour l’homme droit qui revendique
Un mot de paix
Un mot à notre dimension
Tu tirais de sa solitude
Le rôdeur qui te suit tout pétri de son ombre
Celui qui voudrait écrire comme tu vois
Comme tu tisses comme tu chantes
Apporter aux autres le blé
Le lait de chèvre la semoule,
Et si dru dans le cœur et si fort dans le sang
La bonté de chacun
Le charme impétueux des hommes solidaires
Parle Ô tranquille fleur tisseuse des promesses
prélude au sûr éveil de l’orge
Dis que bientôt l’acier refusera la gorge
Bientôt le douar entamera la nuit.
Tu m’apprends à penser
A vivre comme tu es
Matinale arrachée à l’obscure demeure.

You were saying easy things;
the hard-working woman of the morning
the forest that grew in your voice
its trees so thick that they tear hearts apart
and know the full weight of song
the warmth of a clearing
for the up-right man who demands
a word of peace
a word of human proportions
You pulled the stalker from his solitude
who steeped in shadows kept you in his sight
the one who wants to write the way you see
the way you sing, the way you weave
and bring the others wheat
goat's milk
flour coarsely ground
and thick in the heart and strong in the blood
the kindness of everyone
and the impetuous charm of men in solidarity.Speak oh tranquil flower weaver of hope
prelude to the barley's certain awakening
say that soon steel will reject the throat
that soon the douar will deal a blow to the night
You will teach me to think
to live as you live
Torn from the dark abode, your early rising

More information: http://warscapes.com/poetry/jean-senac-poet-algerian-revolution
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