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When a poet dies the world weakens; If the poet lived in love with the world and fought for its well-being, and defended the health of nature and human happiness by delivering verses and energies to just causes, then the pain is worse, and it is necessary to praise it.

The Brazilian poet Thiago de Mello, born in Barreirinhas, Amazonas, has died at the age of 95. He was the author of a work that, due to its relevance, was translated into more than 30 languages, including The Statutes of Man.

The First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba Miguel Díaz Canel-Bermúdez and President of the Republic expressed on his Twitter account “heartfelt condolences to his people and his loved ones,” and honored him on his departure “with the eternal hope that come true, one day not too far, their Statutes of Man».

From the well-known text, he quoted these words that define the political and spiritual position of the intellectual: «By irrevocable decree the permanent reign of justice and clarity is established» and affirmed that «the poet has left, after a long and intense life, but He leaves us his verses full of hope».

Cuba will forever cherish the warm words dedicated to it on more than one occasion by this social fighter, also a diplomat and journalist, who visited the island for the first time 54 years ago. The trip took place when in 1967 he was invited by the Casa de las Américas to be part of the jury of the Literary Prize and participate in a tribute to the Nicaraguan poet Rubén Darío, on the occasion of his centenary.

“I have a house in the world, the House of the Americas,” he wrote in a book of his authorship. His permanent contacts with the Institution founded by Haydée Santamaría – her friend, and in her own words “soul of this House, flag of her people” – attested to such tenure; as well as the publication by the Editorial Fund of the entity, of a selection of his poetic work.

Thiago de Mello. Photo: Ahmed Velazquez

Having been a jury for the Prize on 4 occasions, the opening of the contest in 1985 saw him as a mentor for the opening words, an occasion in which he considered his presence and his voice in the venue, “a recognition of the Casa de las Américas, I mean of the heart and intelligence of Cuba to the Brazilian people. To my people, in whose name, yes, I can speak, strengthened by the commitment that I have maintained for a long time with their struggle and their path».

He exhorted the jury that would then be credited with the award to work: «Let us be capable of the best effort and also the best judgment to penetrate the intimacy of the creation of so many writers of Our America, who, through their works, they testify and interpret, with the transfiguring power of art, the life of our peoples». And he assured that, although they were there to reward literary works, the highest prize would be that of “sharing life, that beautiful life that the people of Cuba build every day and every night.”

De Mello, who received the Haydée Santamaría Medal, was included in the collection Words of our America, where his voice has been eternalized. In 2004 he would return to Cuba to participate in the International Colloquium Cultures of the Amazon. By participating in the first Amazon Book Biennial, he donated his fees to the cause for the liberation of the Five Cuban Heroes.

Encouraged by his confidence in humanity, the friend of Fidel and Our America wrote: «It is decreed that men / are free from the juice of lies. / Never again will it be necessary to wear / the breastplate of silence or the armor of words. / The man will sit at the table / with his eyes clear / because the truth will be served / before dessert.

In those defended dreams, Cuba accompanies him and decrees eternal life for the poet.

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