I stand by what I said

I stand by what I said:
in spite of the law and social habits,
in spite of money and charity.
to be myself.
to be a human being.
And poverty, to be free.
Christian faith, to walk in the night,
and, above all, during the day.
And in all, brethren,
I stand by what I said:

(Pedro Casaldáliga, poet, prophet and bishop of the landless poor in Brasil)

Traslated by Mertxe de Renobales Scheifler