Dignity Visible

POETRY FORMAT, 6 May 2024

Prof. Francisco Gomes de Matos – TRANSCEND Media Service

Dignity
Where can you be found?
Where can we hear your sweet sound?

Dignity
Why do so many people
don’t know who you are?
And from your benefit stay far?
They haven’t received
a digneducation
and do not give their children
a dignorientation

Dignity
When you and Economy justapose
The two become digneconomy
When people claim
there is liberty
Do they have the right
to econoequality?
Do they have a dignisalary?

Dignity
When in politics you participate
do dignidialogues
human character elevate?

Dignity
May your power be sustained
and life in Earth
dignifying be maintained.

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Francisco Gomes de Matos, Ph.D. is an applied peace linguist from Recife, Brazil. He has degrees in Languages, Law, and Linguistics. He is Professor Emeritus at the Universidade Federal de Pernambuco where he is active in the Dom Hélder Camara Human Rights Commission. He is a co-founder of ABA Global Education, one of the pioneers in Linguistic Rights (author of 1984 Plea for a Universal Declaration of Linguistic Rights) and in the emerging area of Peace Linguistics. Currently he is President of the Board, Associação Brasil América (www.abaweb.org). He can be reached at fcardosogomesdematos@gmail.com.


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