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El Espiritu de Nuestra Communidad - The Art of Social Work

We are the spirit of the community

By Phil Goldvarg
Published on LatinoLA: November 17, 2002


El Espiritu de Nuestra Communidad - The Art of Social Work


We are the spirit of community,
we are the social work artist,
we are the blending of hope,

volamos con las alas de abuelitos,
lleno con orgullo
y cuentos de ayer,

our spirit is theirs,
we are gifted con consejos,
path of understanding y cari?o,

we have been blessed con abrazos,
en la noche fria,
we are embraced by familia,

espiritu de nuestra communidad
lives in our hearts,
dances in our blood,

we are El Pueblo,
El Pueblo is us,
somos juntos en esta vida,

if our gente are hungry,
we are hungry,

if our gente are triste,
we are triste,

if our gente need help,
we are the helpers,

their wound is our wound,
their pain is our pain,

we are the healers,
we are the healed,

the art of social work
is the art of consejos,
path of rebirth,

a movida of breath
that fills collapsed lungs,
distressed hearts,

awakens manos fuertes
con recuerdos de ayer,
cuando resistencia was alive con poder,

we must enable the spirit to sing,
con voz clara,
llenos con gritos,

the social worker
may become artista, poeta,
creating con safos, but no copyright,

the social worker may become the system,
sin corazon, sin alma,
sin pintura, sin poesia,
entonces, ande con cuidado,

pero, con espiritu de nuestra communidad,
we can paint living murales
that replicate themselves con cosas nuevas,

we are not better or worse
than our hermanas y hermanos,
we are them, they are us,

somos gente del sur,
gente del norte,
gente del mundo,

we uncover los sue?os,
las esperanzas,
of those in anguish,

presentamos los caminos
that lead to freedom,
a shedding of chains,

we must dedicate ourselves
to this unfolding,
las alas de libertad,

el espiritu de nuestra communidad
and the art of social work,
must embrace con cari?o,

be hermana y hermano,
padres y abuelitos,
a consejero in this new dream,

bailamos juntos,
the old steps of wise ancestors,
los pasos nuevos de los jovencitos,

la musica makes us sentidos,
recuerdos that bring survival,
memoria de movimientos that created justicia,

we are spirit of the spirits,
received from four directions,
from seven directions,

we are workers of art,
handed down by teachers and wisdom givers,
tools to perform magic in a faithless world,

el espiritu de nuestra communidad
y el trabajador social
son novios in this dance of trust and caring.










About Phil Goldvarg:
Phil Goldvarg-Poet and artist in Sacramento, CA-member of Zapatista Solidarity Coalition. Hgold42734@aol.com. Written for, and read at The Latino Social Work Conference in Sacramento, CA




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