Byron López Ellington
Ode to Anarres
After The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin
To break off from the homeworld,
Separate and start anew,
Takes courage nigh unknowable.
Make a new language, speak it;
Choose a harsher planet, keep it;
Dispossess yourself of things
And your only home alike;
Leave the old lush rainforests
For frigid deserts, dry, starving,
Where through hardship you are free.
Hold utopia in your heart
As you build the practical.
Make the would-be bureaucrats
Upon the Sister World be
As healthy cells within us,
Within the Social Organism:
Be free, O mighty nuchnib,
Do not let power concentrate!
Bring down the walls of the Port,
Let knowledge flow with lawless ease!
Love the Other as you love
Your syndics, with great compassion.
Open wide the many doors,
Burn down the borders, Land and space,
Live the harder, better life:
Freedom and Solidarity.
Byron López Ellington is a 17-year-old mestizo writer and anarchist. He is the founder and editor of the anarchist literary magazine Rulerless (rulerless.org). On Instagram @byronymous