Prayer for Dianna Ortiz

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You are more human than the United Fruit Company,

although our Citizens United thinks otherwise,

as do your captors and torturers.

Dragged to the depths of the Politécnica,

an unwilling Dante in this pitchy penitentiary

of torment, without a beatific vision to

preserve your spirit and your sanity.

Who is your Virgil?

Who is your Beatrice?

Even Persephone was able to return

to the groves of fruit outside her prison.

You are more human than the United Fruit Company,

although our NAFTA thinks otherwise,

as do your captors and torturers.

The people indigenous to this prison suffer

under white stars in a black-blue field, blood

red streaks drip down the cement walls.

The electrified air circulates and stagnates

around tender bodies, broken,

for you and for many, so that

sins may continue in perpetuity.

Feel this in memory of us.

Torture creates victims,

you became a witness.

You are more human than the United Fruit Company,

although our three Brothers Dulles think otherwise,

as do your captors and torturers.

Floating through the wailing and gnashing of teeth,

punched and shoved, poked, prodded,

not so far off screams fill the ether.

You re-membered the body of Christ,

and remembered that this torture is not

an accident,

a lapse,

an occasional abuse,

but the fabric of the shroud in which all

tortured bodies of Christ are entombed.

Clandestine inquisitors with caustic imaginations

create humiliation and confiscate humanity.

You are more human than the United Fruit Company,

although our Chiquita bananas think otherwise,

as do your captors and torturers.

Life in Guatemala under the banana republic

was enough to drive you bananas, to make you

“leave the path of reason” said Che.

80 calories of fuel ships 1 calorie of banana.

You, Diana, are the anti-Señorita Chiquita.

You are no cartoon that coddled dictators

and used violence against the workers.

You are a human that comforted workers

and used your words against the dictator.

Gabriel García Márquez understood,

“Look at the mess we’ve got ourselves into

just because we invited a gringo to eat some bananas.”

You are more human than the United Fruit Company,

although our Wal-Marts think otherwise,

as do your captors and torturers.

From the Politécnica, to Abu Ghraib,

to the Corrections Corporation of America,

¡Nunca más!

!أخرىمﺭةﺃبﺩا

Never again!

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