In 1919 Rosa Luxemburg, the revolutionary, was murdered in Berlin.
Her killers bludgeoned her with rifle blows and tossed her into the waters of a canal.
Along the way, she lost a shoe.
Some hand picked it up, that shoe dropped in the mud.
Rosa longed for a world where justice would not be sacrificed in the name of freedom, nor freedom sacrificed in the name of justice.
Every day, some hand picks up that banner.
Dropped in the mud, like the shoe.
Copyright 2015 Eduardo Galeano. Reprinted by permission of TomDispatch.
Excerpted from Eduardo Galeano’s Children of the Days: A Calendar of Human History published by Nation Books.
— Rosa Luxemburg (1871-1919)